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It’s National Preparedness Month, Are You Prepared? #PoweringSafety

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: September 12, 2014 | Categories: Family, How To, Tips

This is a partnered post with Energizer and TheMotherhood. All opinions are 100% my own and may differ from yours. I will only endorse companies, products and services that I believe, based on my own experiences.

Energizer Logo Its National Preparedness Month, Are You Prepared? #PoweringSafetyI am of the belief that you can never be too prepared for an emergency. Never. Ever. Really, never ever.

See I’m a planner. I like to know what’s going on and have an itinerary. I wish I were more spontaneous… but it is not in my nature. But that’s okay, especially when it comes to preparing for emergencies. Granted an emergency is full of the unexpected, but because I am prepared, it may make the emergency less stressful.

Here are 7 ways you can be prepared for an emergency:

1. Make a plan

As I mentioned above, I’m a planner, and it is so true in this case that you and your family really need a plan. Everyone needs to know what to do before, during, and after severe weather, or other emergency. Be sure to practice your plan so you and your family are ready for any situation.

2. Keep a portable light in every room

The last thing you want when power goes out is to be digging through closets or drawers looking for a flashlight. Energizer portable lights ensure you’re ready for any situation.

  • Weatheready®– Long lasting, practical solutions designed to keep you and your family safe during a weather emergency
  • Fusion Flashlights and Lanterns – Compact and versatile, Energizer® Light Fusion Technology products are compact, water resistant and provide impressively bright long lasting light
  • Headlights – Energizer’s powerful LED headlights are lightweight and versatile – perfect for keeping your hands free during an emergency situation

3. Designate a place to seek shelter

Designate a meeting place for your family to take shelter. It can be a basement or the smallest, most-interior room on the lowest floor is safest for severe weather and tornadoes. In the event of a tropical storm or hurricane, evacuate the area if instructed by local authorities.

4. Prepare an emergency kit

Keep an emergency kit stocked with bottled water, canned food, copies of vital information, a first aid kit with prescriptions and an Energizer® Emergency Weather Station, which acts as a light, radio and charging station, in a designated place where everyone knows where to find it.

5. Check social media for updates

Oftentimes communications can be limited during severe weather. As a social media addict, I know that social media can give you the most up-to-date information from local government agencies and news outlets to people out in the situation to give live up-to-date information.

 6. Charge your devices

Be sure to charge cell phone and ensure that your radio and flashlight have fresh batteries. Energizer® MAX® with Power Seal Technology are long-lasting and are no leaks guaranteed. You don’t want to be left in the dark – figuratively and literally – when an emergency arises.

 7. Stock your vehicle

Don’t be caught unaware in your car during a severe weather situation. Make sure to have an emergency kit with the essentials in your vehicle.

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According to a recent Energizer survey….

  • Only 38 percent of American households keep an emergency kit at home for severe weather.
  • 36% of American households have experienced a power outage in the past year, which can last anywhere from a few minutes to a few days.
  • Only 36 percent of households have discussed a safety plan for weather related emergencies or power outages.
  • About half of the households don’t feel well prepared for a power outage.
  • While 84 percent of households who keep an emergency kit said their kit includes a flashlight/handheld light only 36 percent of those that keep an emergency kit have a lantern and only 21 percent keep a headlight/headlamp in their kits.
  • During a power outage, not having household lights make American households more uncomfortable than not being able to charge their cell phones or use the internet

I will be incorporating the above 7 tips to make sure my family and I are prepared for National Preparedness month and beyond!

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Note: The Energizer Preparedness survey was conducted in August 2014 among 1,000 online Americans representative of the U.S. household population 18+ on age, gender, geographic division, income, household size, household designation, and market size via TNS’ Omnibus, Express Online. 

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Avalon Bay AB-ICE26 Portable Ice Maker Review

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: September 10, 2014 | Categories: Home and Garden, Reviews
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I received an Avalon Bay AB-ICE26 Portable Ice Maker for review purposes and no compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own and may differ from yours. I will only endorse companies, products and services that I believe, based on my own experiences. Our refrigerator’s ice maker quit on us. Everything else works fine, […]


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Treats, Tricks and Trauma? Safeguard Your Child for Halloween

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Guest Post Halloween is a favorite holiday for children because they get to dress as their heroes and go door-to-door in search of candy. While safety may not be at the forefront of their minds, adults need to ensure that their children are careful and out of harm’s way with the following tips. Image Source […]


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Why Zombies Make Fantastic Camping Buddies

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: September 8, 2014 | Categories: Funny, Humor
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Camping is one of the most fun activities you can do during the cool fall months and more people head out into the woods during this time of year than any other. Everyone knows, however, that your camping fun will be largely determined by who you bring along. While your spouse is always fun… ahem… […]


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How much does it cost to own a dog?

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: September 6, 2014 | Categories: Dogs, Family
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Many people have started the relationship of owning a dog without thinking about how much it is going to cost. Maybe they find a stray or inherit a puppy but as the animal grows up, they are shocked at the ongoing cost of dog ownership. So how much does it cost to own a dog? […]


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Can Smart Cars Really Change The Road For Drivers?

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: September 5, 2014 | Categories: Auto, Miscellaneous
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Guest Post Driver error is typically at the cause of many of today’s traffic accidents. However, smart cars may be changing the future of road safety for drivers. Because of their ability to keep passengers safe when it comes to reaction time and intelligence, engineers are finding new ways to help people avoid collisions and […]


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Totally Awesome $750 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway Ends 10/3

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: | Categories: Giveaways
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I’ve teamed up with my blogger friends to bring you another Totally Awesome Amazon Giveaway! This month we’re giving away a $750 Amazon gift card to one lucky reader! What could you do with a $750 Amazon gift card? I know it would sure be nice for Christmas this year! If you want a chance […]


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Organize the Home Easily

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: September 4, 2014 | Categories: Home and Garden
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Guest Post Cleaning up clutter in the home is important. It’s not merely for the sake of keeping a tidy home for family members and visitors. Keeping a tidy home is purely for the homeowner. A home that is organized and provides ample space allows a person to feel comfortable in his or her surroundings. […]


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Today’s Lawyers Help Injured People Get What They Deserve

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: | Categories: Miscellaneous
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Guest Post No one likes to get injured on the job, but for those people who have lived through it, a good lawyer is as valuable as gold. One might think that an on-the-job injury would elicit sympathy from the employer in question. One might also think that insurance companies would be willing to provide […]


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Spicy Nachos with Manwich: Weeknights are Easier with #Manwich

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: September 3, 2014 | Categories: Baking and Cooking, Food, Recipes
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