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Emergency Kit – NOAA Predicts Above Normal Tropical Storm Activity – Are You Prepared?

Is your Emergency Kit in Order?

Time to check the Emergency Kit. The start of the 2017 Hurricane season is just around the corner.  Typically the season runs from June 1st to November 30. A precursor to the severe weather season was tropical storm Arlene which appeared in April. NOAA is predicting a 45 percent chance there will be more than 12 named storms this season. Twelve is the average number.  It’s projected that 5 to 9 storms will develop into hurricanes and 2 to 4 of those storms will become Category 3 or stronger.  A category 3 storm has winds greater than 111 mph.  Only time will tell if a storm makes landfall.

Flashlights and Lanterns for the Emergency Kit

With the start of another hurricane season it’s time to make sure the emergency kit for the home, office and car are in good order. If you have a rechargeable flashlight from HaveLight.com that includes NightStar No Battery Flashlight, Shake Light 40 and Vortex Crank Flashlight then you are good to go!  Each flashlights is designed to operate maintenance free and provide years of reliable illumination. 

If long duration power outages are a concern then you’ll want to add our Solar Flashlights and Solar Lantern to your preparedness kit. Each solar light not only provides brilliant illumination but also operate as charging stations for cell phones and other low voltage devices.  

A flashlight and lantern is an essential tool to keep you and your family safe.  Don’t wait until a storm is upon you before making sure you’re properly prepared. You know that’s when everyone else is running around trying to find what they need.

Basic Disaster Emergency Kit List 

Ready.gov has assembled a Basic Emergency Kit supply list that includes the following:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation 
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries (think about flashlights that are rechargeable NightStar and Vortex)
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger (our solar flashlight and solar lantern have you covered. Looking for a solar charger with more punch then check out our 2.5 watt and 5 watt backpack solar chargers.)

When maintaining your emergency kit give thought to additional supplies that may be needed and don’t forget your pets. Remember to replace perishable supplies including food items.  If food cans are dented or bloated be sure to discard.

At the end of the day being prepared significantly increases your chance of being safe.

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