October 29, 2012 1 Comment
With the east coast preparing for an incredible storm, we at Home Controls strongly recommend every family create a Disaster Preparedness Kit. This means having your own food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days.
But what do you add to your kit? The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends just six basics you should stock in your home:
- Water: You should have at least a three-day supply of water and you should store at least one gallon of water per person per day.
- Food: Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking and little or no water.
- First Aid Kit: Assemble a first aid kit for your home and one for each car.
- Personal Supplies: Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person, plus necessary sanitation supplies.
- Tools: Everything from a flashlight to a radio and a can opener.
- Specialty: Remember family members with special needs, such as infants and elderly or disabled persons.
While Home Controls cannot provide you with food and water, we do offer a few safety gadgets to add to your Tools category. Here’s a few:
Spotlight Lantern: The Wagan Brite-Nite 3 Watt LED Spotlight Lantern is 10 times brighter than normal LEDs. The 3 watt LED main bulb uses new technology to produce up to 120 lumens for 3 – 4 hours of Spotlight run time, and up to 12 hours of Lantern run time. This Brite-Nite trigger switches between spotlight and lantern and is protected by rubberized, shock-absorbing lens guard. Read more »
Safety Band: This Safety Band is made with a highly reflective fluorescent material and features 4 red LED lights that flash approximately 150 times per minute. The Reflective Safety Band is visible from up to 2,500 feet away. A great bargain at just a few bucks! Read more »
Emergency Power Dome: The Wagan Power Dome All-in-One emergency and outdoor companion can be used to jump start your car engine, pump your tires, or inflate sporting equipment. This power supply also has a radio, AC and DC power source, USB port, audio input socket, LED light, and a storage compartment. Note: Recommended to fully charge battery for 40-48 hours before initial use After the initial charge, charge the unit for 38 hours and/or every 2 to 3 months. Read more »
Solar-Powered Battery Charger: Under sunlight the Solar eCharger converts daylight into electricity to charge cell phones or other electronic devices, then stores the power in the built-in Lithium-ion, depending on the intensity of the light. Power different kinds of electronic products, including MP3 and MP4 players, PDAs, digital cameras, cell phones and more by changing voltages through a wide range of 4.5–9 volts. Simply adjust the switch on the Solar e Charger to quickly change to the appropriate voltage for the particular electronic device. Read more »