Yes that's the Boy Scout motto but it should also be the motto of any family that can face severe weather. That covers pretty much all of us. Be it Hurricanes, Tornado's or whatever, the weather can certainly be behind many deaths in the US. In many cases those death's could have been prevented by simply being properly prepared in case of emergency.
Last year when Ike hit, my sister and I thought we were as prepared as we could be in the situation. It turned out that as much as we'd done there were still things we could have done better. We had flashlights but not enough extra batteries. We had cell phones and we charged them before the storm but that only lasts so long when everyone is calling to check on you. We didn't rely on candles but we used our flashlights as sparingly as we could and they still ran out.
So this year, Just In case, I plan to be ready and Energizer has given me the opportunity to see that another family also has a good start in preparing for bad weather.
Energizer and The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) have come together to form an initiative called Power Through It All™. This is a movement designed to help families stay safe and connected during power outages. They recommend putting together an Emergency Power Kit. Ideally each power kit should include the following...
A Flashlight for every member of the family
Battery operated radio
Portable Cell Phone Charger
Extra batteries to fit all the above in case of a prolonged outage.
You'll notice that unlike other emergency lists, candles are not recommended. Why? They're the 3rd leading cause of injuries in home fires. Only cooking and heating are rated higher. With small children or pets in the home, the chance of an accident multiplies. Flashlights and battery operated lanterns are safe, effective and last for years to come, saving you money and worry in already difficult times.
IN effort to get the word out, Energizer is offering one of my readers the chance to get an Energizer Emergency Power Kit totally free.
Energizer® Ultimate Lithium AA batteries,
Energizer® Energi To Go® cell phone charger,
Energizer® MAX® Batteries (AA, C and D),
Energizer® Weather Ready® 2 LED Flashlight,
Energizer® EZ Change® ,
Energizer® 2032 Watch Batteries,
and a small radio.
To Enter, Do one or all of these:
Blog about a time when you could have used an Energizer Power Kit and how it could have helped
Spread the word about the Power Through It All™ program on your blog. You can find tons of information here as well as free tools and suggestions to help make your own power kit.
Spread the word about my giveaway on your blog or via Twitter
Tweet about the program in a positive manner being sure to use Energizer and Power Through It ALL in your Twitter post.
Make sure you leave a comment here on this post with a link to your blog post and/or Twitter profile. Blog posts and tweets must still be available at the end of the giveaway to be eligible to win. Each effort qualifies as an entry into the giveaway but please do each only once.
Canadian and US residents only please.
Contest ends August 17th and a winner will be announced August 18th. Good Luck to all and please remember to be prepared. Spare yourself the hassle of store lines and items being sold out when a storm is already on it's way. Have your kit ready in advance.