Is your family prepared for severe weather when it hits your area?
In the DC Metro area severe weather can range from snow and ice in the winter to power outages caused by summer thunderstorms. Growing up in California, being prepared meant stockpiling canned food and water in case of earthquakes. Regardless of where you live and what qualifies as severe weather, it’s important to always be prepared.
RadioShack recently sent me an awesome selection of weather products that are now part of our emergency preparedness toolkit and shared some essentials for severe weather.
5 Severe Weather Preparedness Essentials
|Desktop Weather Radio
|1. Weather Radio – A weather radio can be one of the most important items in your weather preparedness toolkit. According to FEMA, a weather radio can provide up to eight minute to move family and pets to a specially constructed safe room or secure locations. Eight minutes can save your life and provide the crucial advance warning to get everyone to safety. The RadioShack® Desktop Weather Radio with Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) alerts ($79.99) provides local weather and warnings several minutes before other radio and TV broadcast alerts even if the electronic voice takes a little getting used to. The weather radio can be programmed to monitor a loved one’s location or other locations of interest.
|Eton Blackout Buddy
|The Etón Blackout Buddy ($14.99) is a device that we can keep plugged in at all times, even when there isn’t a blackout. Eton plugs in and recharges from the wall outlet while acting like a night light and has dual features in its compact size. It will automatically light its 3 bright LEDs so it can be used as an emergency flashlight or act as a single LED nightlight.
|I took the ICON flashlight ($49.99) on a recent camping trip and found that its compact size combined with high power LED beam illuminated dark areas nicely while fitting comfortably in my hand thanks to it’s lightweight aluminum body. The flashlight also features a high output and lower setting that helps conserve battery power in emergency situations. Little Miss Techie loved this device so much that she gave me her flashlight as a trade. Harumph!
|Enercell Portable Power Bank
|3. Portable Power Supply – One of the worst parts of power outages is not being able to charge your cell phone to stay in touch with family members and loved ones. Portable power device like the Enercell® 2400Ah Portable Power Bank ($29.99-49.99) can provide 5-8 hours of additional talk time if the electricity is out. An iPod® and iPhone® version is also available. Note: The duration of the portable power supply has not been tested for excessive Angry Birds play.
|Midland GTX10000VP4 50 Channel
4. Walkie Talkies – Walkie Talkies ensure you are able to communicate with family members, loved ones, or neighbors in an emergency situation in the case of cell phone tower damage or power outages. The Midland® GTX10000VP4 50-Channel GMRS/FRS Radio (2-Pack) ($89.99) is a great choice for any emergency kit because it has up to a 36-mile range and 28 extra channels to use for communication. Other features include an SOS siren for sending out distress/locator signals in an emergency situation and a built in NOAA weather radio for weather updates on the go.
5. Comfort Items – Let each child choose 1-2 items to put in the weather preparedness toolkit, such as a toy, game or personal item to help keep your child/children occupied and calm in the case you have to take shelter for a long period of time.
GIVEAWAY: Since RadioShack wants your family to be prepared for any kind of weather, they are providing an emergency preparedness kit containing many of the items mentioned above!
TO ENTER: Leave a comment sharing a time when your family wasn’t prepared in severe weather by Friday, July 8 at 12:00 pm EST. Include your Twitter handle or email address.
For extra entries, complete the above and RSVP for any of the upcoming RadioShack Twitter parties by leaving a comment with your Twitter handle and the date of the party you plan to attend. Here are the upcoming dates and topics:
- Monday, June 20, 7-8 p.m. EST: Road Trip Gadgets
- Monday, June 27, 7-8 p.m. EST: The Shack’s Guide to Outdoor Activities
All Twitter attendees will be entered to win several gadgets for portable power from RadioShack by following @RadioShack on Twitter and using the hashtags #RSPowerHour #RadioShackTSM to participate in the party on June 20 from 7-8 pm EST and June 27 from 7-8 pm EST
And there’s more! As a thank you for attending, Tech Savvy Mama readers will have we also have a chance to win some exclusive prizes including:
Twitter party fine print: RadioShack will choose and announce winners Twitter party winners by 9 pm EST. You must be following @RadioShack and use #RSPowerHour and #RadioShackTSM in your tweet to be eligible to win! Exclusive Tech Savvy Mama reader prizes will be awarded by 8 p.m. each night.
Giveaway fine print: Eligible comments for this giveaway must be received by Friday, July 8 at 12:00 pm EST. Winner will selected by Random.org and contacted via email or DMed on Twitter. Winner has 24 hours to respond with a US shipping address and their phone number or another winner will be selected. Leticia- Tech Savvy Mama and RadioShack are not responsible for items lost, damaged, or delayed during shipping.
RadioShack provided items for review purposes. No compensation was received for this post, hosting the giveaway, or sharing the Twitter party information. All opinions are my own. Images courtesy of RadioShack.
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