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BE PREPARED for an Emergency This Season!

By Laura Dellutri

Its no secret that natural disasters like tornados, floods, hurricanes and thunderstorms are more apt to happen in the spring season. In fact the nightly news has been filled with weather related disasters from floods in Texas, tornados in Georgia and we all know about the horrific tornadoes and bad storms in Kansas and Oklahoma. Even if you dont live in an area that is not known for Mother Natures wrath, many cities still experience power outages on a regular basis. What can you do to be prepared? Check out this list and make sure you get your emergency kit together.

1. Flashlight--There is nothing worse than waking up in the middle of the night in total darkness. Make sure your batteries are fresh periodically with the Duracell Battery Tester. Keep flashlights under every mattress in every bedroom of your home. This will keep your family from fumbling in the dark! www.duracell.com

2. Keep a survival kit in place for emergencies. You can find a variety of affordable survival kits. Inform everyone in the family of the kit's whereabouts. Pack a kit that can be easily thrown into your car in the event you need to leave your home. Include cash, (ATM's and banks will not work in a major power outage) basic toiletries, light weight can goods and nonperishable food, water, change of clothing, money, prescriptions, waterproof matches, can opener, pillows, and heat warming blankets. Inflatable mattresses may be a good purchase if you are stuck in a shelter/building without beds. Most kits have a 3 day supply of emergency ration bars and water. www.lifegearproducts.com

3. Purchase a Weather Alert unit and solar radio. La Crosse Technology offers state of the art internet powered satellite assisted forecasts. Now you can get your own up to the minute weather report! You can also buy a solar radio weather monitor that works without batteries. Solar runs without batteries and saves energy! I like the LaCross Technology weather alerts.
You can find them at www.lacrossetechnology.com

4. Prepare an emergency plan with your family. Have a meeting place or designated place to stay other then your home. Dont forget important documents, medicines, prescriptions, birth certificates, and medical information.

5. Invest in a generator. This is extremely important if you have anyone in your home using life support systems or oxygen. Generators are powered by gasoline and can generate carbon monoxide gas, so only use them outdoors where the fumes will not cause illness. Never plug power generators into your home's main electrical panel as this may result in serious injury or death to utility personnel working to restore power. Instead, plug the generator directly into the appliance you wish to use during the outage.

6. Get Emergency Cell phone Charger. A dead phone, means no contact with friends, family and loved ones. You may not be able to plug in your cell phone, dont take chances! Make a small investment in an emergency cell phone charger.

7. Keep freezer and refrigerator doors closed. to prevent the loss of cold air. Each time you open the door, you let the cold air out. It is best to get ice chest full of ice for storage. Plan on a fully load freezer keeping food fresh for about 6 hours. Remember, keeping Put bags of ice in your refrigerator or ice chest to prevent temperature falling below 45 degrees. If the temperature falls below 45 degrees for more than two hours, remember it's time to throw out the food.

How can you be better prepared if your freezer ever stopped working, due to power failure or breakdown?

Because if it did, wouldn't you wonder if your food was still safe to eat? Check out this innovative product you can find at www.FreezCubeUSA.com Only FreezCube provides you with the information you need to ensure your family's frozen food safety.

You get 3-way protection with FreezCube:

1 - Time remaining for safe food consumption: Shows the number of days frozen food will be safe to use when the temperature in the freezer has exceeded 0F/-18C*.

2 - Normal operation: Confirms that your freezer temperature is at 0F / -18C or lower**.

3 - Power Failure: Indicates if unsafe thawing has occurred.

How it works: As your freezer's temperature increases, the four colored liquids melt independently. The melted liquid in each chamber shows the time remaining to safely consume your frozen foods, or if they must be discarded immediately:

BLUE = 14 days GREEN = 3 days
YELLOW = 1 day RED = Discard immediately!

8. Keep bottled water on hand for emergencies. Bottled water should be stored up both in gallon jugs and small bottles that are easily transportable. If you do have to leave your home you may need a portable potty. Check out www.quakecare.com for a 5 gallon bucket that turns into a port-a-potty. With Back Pack Toilet included! When you got to go, you got to go!

9. Keep tissues, antibacterial soap and wet wipes in your kit, hot water may not be available. A box of Puffs and some paper towels can also become a precious commodity in a power outage.

Being without electricity is rough -- being without Puffs and a runny nose in a power outage is even worse! Dont compromise on your tissue, its the little things like puffs that will offer comfort in an uncomfortable situation. www.puffs.com

10. Purchase an emergency light with an alarm that will notify you of a power outage. Plug into any outlet and if your power goes out it will automatically

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