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  • Christmas Shopping for Emergencies

    It’s possible to build an emergency kit on a budget, said Maralin Hoff, nicknamed the “Earthquake Lady,” from the Division of Emergency Management in the Utah Department of Public Safety

    “We think an emergency kit is going to cost an arm and a leg. No. It’s a shoestring. It’s that easy,” she said.

    Stockings - Christmas ShoppingIf you’re looking for last-minute Christmas gifts, emergency kit supplies can make great stocking stuffers.

    “I’ve started a new tradition. Every Christmas, I give my children and grandchildren … something new to add to their emergency kit,” Hoff said at a 2010 emergency preparedness expo shown on YouTube.

    That’s how Shelly Robertson, of American Fork, Utah, built her emergency kit.

    “Really, it’s all about having a budget,” she said, adding that she asks for emergency supplies for Christmas gifts.

    At the emergency preparedness expo, Hoff showed emergency kits built almost entirely of items from dollar stores.

    Robertson found small bottles of medicines like acetaminophen and Ibuprofen, glow sticks, trash bags, hand sanitizer, and travel size toiletries at the dollar store.

    Dollar whistles are useful gifts, Hoff said. They’re louder than shouting.

    “Every [emergency] kit should have a whistle,” she said.

    Trekker II-  Christmas ShoppingRobertson looked for Christmas sales for more expensive items. For example, she found mess kits on sale at a recreation outlet store. She found many items discounted during Emergency Essentials’ Black Friday and December sales. There, she bought an emergency radio that she loves at a discount.

    “I highly recommend it,” she said. “The most expensive thing was the radio. Everything else was $5 or less.”

    Among her $5 or less purchases:

    Emergency reflective sleeping bags. She prefers them to emergency blankets because there aren’t edges to deal with.

    She also loves our New Millennium energy bars because she wants lightweight emergency food her children will eat.

    “They taste kind of like cookies,” she said.

    Hard candies: she says they’re nice for when children are sick.

    Flashlights and batteries. She puts fresh batteries in every year and uses the old ones.

    A $5 cook stove with heating tablets. She thinks that was a gift.

    “Mostly, just take a look around at what you already own, then buy a few specialty items,” she said. “There’s a lot you can pick up for very cheap, on a very limited budget. Think about what you need, and what you can substitute for it, and just go for it.”

     

    What emergency items are you getting (or hoping to get) for Christmas?

     

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  • Get the Basics This Black Friday

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow! I hope your day is full of food and family (and perhaps even some football). Thanksgiving is a day to be thankful, that's for certain, and there is so much to be grateful for! Your health, family, job, and yes, your personal preparedness. Be grateful for that! You deserve to feel happy and confident in your plans for the future.

    We want you to be as prepared as possible for whatever might come. This Black Friday (tomorrow!), we have loads of amazing deals that will help you be even more prepared for disasters, job loss, and any other unexpected emergency that might come your way.

    Head on over to beprepared.com starting at midnight tonight (Thanksgiving) to take advantage of all our amazing door busters and other killer deals. This is a fantastic way to continue preparing for the future. With prices so low, it’s much easier to stock up on gear and add to your emergency food storage without breaking the bank. And that right there is definitely something to be thankful for.

    Not sure what you need? Let’s start with the basics:

     

    Water

    Water is one of the most important aspects of survival. Your body can only survive three days without water. After that, all bets are off. If you’re not sure where to begin, I suggest taking a look at our emergency water options.

     

    Food

    Food is also important. Not only is it crucial to life, but it’s tasty and an enjoyable part of every day. Our freeze-dried food can be stored for up to 25 years, making it ideal for emergencies. But don’t stop there! It’s one of the easiest, most delicious options for your camping, hunting, and other outdoor trips. So if you’re looking for meal options for the next couple of decades, look no further.

     

    Gear

    Happy Thanksgiving!Your outdoor gear is useful while camping, hiking, and otherwise being away from technology. But did you know that your outdoor gear can double as emergency gear? So even if you’re not into camping and getting lost in the woods for fun, having some extra gear on hand could prove quite useful should you be effected by a disaster. Even power outages and other minor emergencies can be made much easier by having alternative power sources, extra lights, and other essential gear.

     

    Of course, there’s a lot more to choose from than what’s listed here. But it’s Black Friday! You don’t have time to read lengthy reports about all our products on sale! Head on over to beprepared.com and take a look for yourself. I guarantee you’ll find something that catches your eye, and the price attached to it will make it that much better.

     

    Happy Thanksgiving! What are you most looking forward to this Black Friday?

     

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Give the Gift of Gear: for the Outdoor Enthusiast

    Give the Gift of Gear: for Outdoor Enthusiasts

    Hello again, from the helpful elves here at Emergency Essentials! We hope you're having a happy holiday gift shopping experience this year—our goal is to make it even easier and more pleasant for you. In that spirit, here's the final installment of our gift guide:

    Excellent Ideas for the Outdoor Enthusiast on Your List

    Under $25: Let’s start with the basics. We know that there is no such thing ever as too many multifunction tools. Most of the outdoorsy types we know have whole dresser drawers full of pocket knives and Leathermans, and are still (always) on the lookout for the perfect one. Here, then, is s must-have for any such collection: the card-style, 11-function survival tool. Fits easily into a pocket or wallet, making it one that your giftee can use on the trail or off.

    And we have to mention this screaming deal. Normally $24.95,  the Military Spec Prismatic Sighting Compass is on sale this month for only $7.99! Not your run-of-the-mill pocket compass, this fancy-schmancy version is as precise as a GPS, but with no battery to run out on you in the middle of a four-day excursion. And it comes with a neat little carrying case.

    Under $50: Speaking of screaming deals, what would you say if I told you you could get your beloved outdoorsman a four-man tent for under fifty bucks? How about a lightweight, ultra-compact Twin Peaks Mountain Trails tent with all the bells and whistles (rain fly, mud mat, etc.)? This is the perfect tent for a multi-day hiking trip, or to keep in your car or pack for unexpected overnighters.

    Under $100: Just because these outdoor nuts willingly sleep on the hard ground in all weather doesn't necessarily mean they like it (okay, some do—guess that’s why we call them “nuts”). Give the gift of comfort this year with the Klymit Static V Luxe Sleeping Pad. The unique chamber design keeps the sleeper supported and warm through the night, and it rolls up so compact, your camper won't even notice it in his or her pack.

    Over $100: We’ve saved the best for last. The Grand Poobah of all gifts. The most cherished and most coveted by all who enjoy the cold and wet. Yes, folks, you guessed it. It's the Kelly Kettle. More specifically, we’re talking about the Kelly Kettle Large Stainless Steel Basecamp Combo, which includes not only the speed-heating kettle and stove, but a pot for cooking, a support grill, and a can of FiredUp fuel and firestarter. This really is our favorite outdoor accessory, and we know the outdoor fanatic on your list will love it. They might even stay inside long enough to thank you.

    What do you think? Any great ideas for the campers and hikers that we've missed? What are you getting your outdoorsman/woman this year? Or, if you are one, what's at the top of your wish list?

    --Stacey

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