Be Prepared When Disaster Strikes

Hurricanes. Floods. Earthquakes. Tornadoes. Wildfires.

Throughout 2017, the daily news has been filled with stories proving the crueler side of nature. Your best defense is to be prepared. The American Red Cross is a great resource for planning, everything from the supplies you need to how to practice evacuation. Along with your plan, we have several unique gifts that can help you in different types of disasters.

The Red Cross recommends every home have a NOAA weather radio. This portable weather radio doubles as a flashlight and charges smartphones in an emergency. It receives broadcasts from all NOAA weather stations and picks up emergency alerts for your area to warn you of hurricanes, tornados, or severe storms. Powered via an internal rechargeable battery, the radio also has a built-in solar panel, integrated ergonomic hand crank, and includes a mini-USB cable for recharging or providing DC power.

Combine a dry environment with a windy day and a fire can spread like, well, wildfire, leaving you little time to get out of harm’s way. This fire escape ladder deploys readily and easily from its storage box to a length of 14 ft., with large, non-slip rectangular rungs to provide sure footing. Made from strong steel, it supports 375 lbs., yet it’s still lightweight enough for children or the elderly to use. Consider this unique gift for every household within your extended family.

A natural disaster can leave your home without electricity for days. This solar-powered generator provides emergency electricity for any home appliance, without using gas or propane. This advanced model is silent and provides zero-emission back up power without noise or noxious fumes. When fully charged, the 1250-watt battery powers a full-sized refrigerator for over 24 hours, a television for 35 hours, or recharges a typical laptop 30 times.

The Red Cross also recommends each household practice its emergency plan – including grabbing an emergency kit, evacuating the home and evacuating the area—twice a year. It’s impossible to avoid every natural disaster, but being prepared will give you the unique gift of peace of mind now, and may save your life later.

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