It’s that time again! The tornado and hurricane seasons are upon us and all of us here at The Shack want you to be prepared so that you can stay safe if or when inclement weather heads your way. We highly recommend that you build a weather preparedness kit and stock it with the products listed below.
RadioShack Desktop Weather Radio, $79.99
This weather radio is different from the rest for a couple of reasons. First, it allows you to enter your zip code, which will significantly reduce the number of false positives that you’re going to get. For example, if you’re in a “warning” or “watch” zone, it could be hours before the storm shows up or it could never show up – this weather radio eliminates those false positives and will give you a more accurate forecast. It also features Skywarn alerts which will give you and your family 8 additional minutes of warning when a storm is headed your way. I’m not kidding when I say that this is a product that could save lives.
ICON Rogue 1 Flashlight, $39.99
You should include a flashlight in your weather preparedness kit because you could very well lose power during a Spring storm. This black aluminum flashlight is waterproof so it can be dropped into a meter of water and still work. The ICON Rogue flashlight can also last up to 90 hours on a set of batteries.
Enercell Portable Power Bank, $49.99
You never know where or when you’ll be without power, so it’s always better to be safe than sorry. When you charge the Enercell Portable Power Bank via computer USB, it adds an additional 6 hours of talk time when you use it to charge your mobile phone. It’s a lithium battery, which means that it will lose less than 5% of its power per month; we recommend that you recharge the battery every 6 months so that you’re prepared in case of emergency.
The American Red Cross Blackout Buddy serves as a nightlight on a normal day when plugged into an outlet. However, if your power was to go out, the flashlight on top will turn on and will help light you down a dark hallway to your weather preparedness kit.
- Create the kit and check it every 6 months with the time change to make sure batteries are still good and to recharge the Enercell Portable Power Bank
- Include items to help keep your kids entertained, should you be without power or electricity for a period of time
- Pack snacks, water, and a USB thumb drive containing important documents in your kit
Do you have any tips to add to the above list? How do you prepare for tornado or hurricane season?