Spark Joy

Ep 155 | Emergency Preparedness at Home with Cari Butler

av Spark Joy | Publicerades 10/20/2020

We can’t predict, but we CAN prepare.

We’ve invited Emergency Preparedness Expert Cari Butler to the show to you KonMari your emergency needs to protect you, your home, and those you care most about.

Cari is the owner of Emergency Cafe, L.A.'s Premier Emergency Preparedness Concierge Service. She has over 15 years of experience educating and empowering her clients to be prepared and provides personalized consultation services for individuals, families and businesses.

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In this episode, you’ll enjoy:

  • How the Universe put all of the resources Cari needed to support her path to becoming an emergency preparedness concierge, which started 15 years ago
  • The three steps to getting started getting prepared: 1) Get your supplies 2) Create a plan 3) Practice your plan -Who needs prepare for emergencies and the different levels of preparedness you can embrace -How to organize and store important items in case of an emergency
  • How to distinguish "what sparks joy" vs. "what should I grab in an emergency"
  • The difference between a grab and go bag vs emergency kit and what is typically in each
  • The essential items that is often overlooked or left out of kits
  • The importance of sharing legacy information

Cari’s favorite organization tip:
Filing paper into throw away, keep, and file

Emergency organization tip: Keep everything together and set a reminder on your calendar to make sure everything in the kit is fresh

What's sparking the most joy for Cari:
Spending time with her kids as they attend college virtually from home

Contact Cari via and on Instagram @emergencycafe

Download Cari's top emergency preparedness tips here.

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"The Universe knew that this was my path."
"The people who hire me are the people that really understand the importance of being prepared."
"Bottom line...GET OUT! The joy is going to be that you are alive! Everything can be replaced."
"It's fight or flight."

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Special Guest: Cari Butler.

Om Podcasten

Welcome to Spark Joy, co-hosted by certified KonMari Consultants Kristyn Ivey and Karin Socci. Spark Joy is the podcast dedicated to celebrating the KonMari Method and the transformative power of surrounding yourself with joy; and letting go of the all the rest. Made popular by Marie Kondo, author of the bestselling book The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up, the KonMari Method is a revolutionary professional organizing technique and way of life. Join us as we explore the world of KonMari and how the method impacts your home, health, wealth, family and well being. Spark Joy engages thought leaders and innovators in the KonMari universe. We share our experiences as KonMari Consultants, working with clients from all walks of life: families, empty nesting folks downsizing, young people setting up their first homes, and others. Look forward to practical tidy tips that will help you execute your own KonMari journey with ease and joy. Spark Joy wants to hear from you! Tell us your burning tidying questions or share stories about how KonMari has impacted your life. Find us at, email us at to leave a question or comment for a chance to be featured on next week’s show. Join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter via @sparkjoypodcast.Thanks for tuning in, and we hope your day sparks joy! NOTE: Spark Joy the podcast is not endorsed by or affiliated with KonMari Media, Inc. The opinions expressed on the show's episodes represent the views of the co-hosts and guests alone, and do not represent the corporate position of KonMari Media, Inc or the KonMari consultant community.