Tuesday, March 29, 2011

GIVEAWAY: Stock Your Emergency Kit


A couple of years ago, I won an Ice-Qube emergency kit in a blog giveaway. It's a little box that contains all sorts of useful stuff, from a rain poncho to a water bag to rubber gloves.

I've never needed to use anything out of it, thank goodness, and I decided to look through it today and see if I could find some things that I don't need, because I already have them outside the kit. I picked out a couple of items, and I'm going to give them away to someone who can use them.

This handy device will help you stay informed and brighten your way when the power is out.

It's a Flashlight with 5 superbright LED bulbs. You can turn it on full or you can choose a lower light option, which is great if you're looking for something at night and everyone else is sleeping and you're trying not to disturb them. It also conserves battery power.

But that's not all!

It's also an AM/FM Radio, so you can tune in to local emergency coverage and weather updates. After a disaster, you need a way to get information. You'll need to know about curfews; debris pick-up; where and when you can get ice, water and food; the status of utility services; who to call if you need help; and so much more. You'll be able to get that from local radio stations.

But wait, there's more!

It has an Emergency Siren to help rescue workers or neighbors find you if you're trapped. Of course, you have to have the device with you at the time that you get trapped. It's fairly small and will fit in the pocket of a raincoat or housecoat. It also comes with a wrist strap, in case your hands are full.

The best part is, it doesn't need batteries! Everything is powered by a Dynamo Charger. Wind it for just one minute, and you'll get a half-hour of flashlight time (according to the package), and probably 5-10 minutes of radio time. Will your arm get tired? Probably, but it's better than sitting around in the dark because your batteries are dead. 

The other part of this giveaway is a Multitool. It has a knife blade, can opener, bottle opener, Phillips-head screwdriver, flat-head screwdriver, ruler/file/saw, pliers/wirecutter, and a couple of other things that I'm not sure what they are. I think it has at least 13 functions, and it comes with a case that has a belt loop on the back.

This is great to have in a disaster kit. Here are some examples of how you could use this multitool:
  • open your canned goods at mealtime;
  • cut rope when you're tying down tarps;
  • open screw-down battery covers on radio or lantern.

I have a really good battery-operated radio, rechargeable batteries, and a gas generator, so I don't really need another radio, although the siren and the fact that it charges by dynamo did make me think twice before offering it up. My husband has a ton of tools, including a multitool or two, and I have a Swiss Army Knife, so we're covered in that respect. I should mention that I received no compensation or incentive to host this giveaway.

Now's your chance to win both of these really useful items.

FIRST ENTRY:  Leave a comment here explaining why you would like to add these items to your disaster kit.

Please be sure that I have a way to contact you, in case you're the winner. The form asks for your email address, but that's just for logging into Blogger; I can't see it. Be sure that your Blogger profile shows your email or include your email addy with your comment.

EXTRA ENTRIES: For each item you complete, leave another comment here and be sure to include a link to your comments and tweets.


*follow this blog on Google Friend Connect (+1)
*leave a relevant comment on any non-giveaway post on this blog (+1)
*follow Auriette on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway (+1)

You can earn a maximum of four entries per household. Eligible comments must be made no later than 11:59pm ET on Friday, April 8, 2011. Entrants must be 18 or older, with shipping addresses in the United States or military APO/FPO addresses. One winner will be selected by random drawing no later than Sunday April 10 and notified by email. Winner must respond to the email with mailing address within 72 hours or another winner will be selected.

95 comments:

mar said...

I would like to add these items to my diaster kit since we live in a hurricane environment and this would be so useful.

LWons@HotMail.com

Tiffany said...

it just seems like its something you will use




contact email mckenziesmom1(at)hotmail(dot)com

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

live in tornado alley so would love it mrs.mommyyatgmail

A said...

This so awesome. I have put together a 'go-bag' that I keep hanging in my bedroom at all times. I would love to add this to my kit.

slb3334 said...

We live in an area that has a lot of tornados so this would be great.

slb3334@gmail.com

BowieTip said...

I'd like to win as I'm in an earthquake zone, and I've yet to develop a disaster kit. I do store emergency though.

xxbowietipxx@gmail.com

BethElderton said...

I actually want to add these things to my son and daughter-in-law's kit--they live on Galveston Island. I won't detail the long story about what happened when Ike hit, but they now have a plastic bin packed for emergency and this would be an excellent addition.
bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

coliebear said...

I would love to have these things for hurricane season when we have a tendency to loose electricity.
lenz.nicole(at)gmail(dot)com

GANDORF57 said...

I would like to add these items to my diaster kit here in the US of A, because I was trapped in inland Japan after the quake and realized how handy this stuff would have been.

pencat said...

This is a kit that no one wants to "use" BUT everyone should have one. I would love to add to my kit.
pencat2@bellsouth.net

9string said...

I live in Florida.

Deci said...

We live surrounded by earthquake faults here in california, and are 7 miles from a nuclear power plant. Could happen anytime.

Deci said...

follow with GFC

Deci said...

follow and tweet http://twitter.com/#!/paints12/status/53099750970494976

Linda said...

I haven't put a kit together yet this would really be great.
mintstatesportswear(at)juno(dot)com

Kelly Tillotson said...

my goal for 2011 was to work on my families food and water storage as well as make {72-hour kits} these items would be an excellent addition to a 72 hour kit/ disaster kit. I have been doing good so far with my goal, hopefully ill win and i will be able to check off another item!
thank you!
*kelly
kelly-tillotson@hotmail.com

Kelly Tillotson said...

i follow you on twitter and tweeted:
http://twitter.com/#!/gimmiegiveaways/status/53114302227427328
*kelly
kelly-tillotson@hotmail.com

Kelly Tillotson said...

i posted on the water post
http://stormsafety.blogspot.com/2011/03/water.html
but my actual comment is waiting your approval
*kelly
kelly-tillotson@hotmail.com

mogrill said...

Id like to add them because we happen to have none of these already in our kit.
Thanks for the chance.
mogrill12@yahoo.com

Bacallsmom said...

I live in hurricane country (Florida), so I need all the disaster tools I can get.

bbentry [at] aol [dot] com

Helen Keeler said...

I don't have any diaster kit so it would be great to start with this. helenkeeler@comcast.net

TheHammonds said...

I want to add these items because the flashlights I have right now require batteries! It would be so much better to have one that does not!

jill.n.hammond@gmail.com

dlhaley said...

We live in an area that gets hurricane so this would be handy in our hurricane kit.


dlhaley{AT}hotmail{DOT}com

kellyr78 said...

I would like to add these items to my disaster kit because we live in the northeast where snowstorms sometimes cause blackouts, and I love that the light is LED.

KellywcuATyahooDOTcom

kellyr78 said...

I follow you on Twitter(kellywcu) and tweeted
http://twitter.com/Kellywcu/status/53277166598766592

kellywcuATyahooDOTcom

kellyr78 said...

I commented on your "Buy an Emergency Kit and Help People in Japan" post.

KellywcuATyahooDOTcom

kellyr78 said...

I follow you on GFC(Kellyr78)
KellywcuATyahooDOTcom

Miranda Ward said...

These are great items I hadnt thought about yet!

freebiegoddess03@aol.com

Dawn said...

I would like to add this to my hurricane kit because I can never seem to find batteries when I need them. Being able to crank the flashlight for power would be great.

downeastah said...

Living on the Maine coast, this would be handy to have not only for hurricanes but also blizzards!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

These would be great items to add to my kit because they are easy to have on hand and the flashlight (especially) doesn't need batteries so one less thing to worry about!

-lauren
lauren51990 at aol dot com

skkorman said...

I live in South Florida and these items would really come in handy as hurricane season approaches!

Rightprice said...

I Just stared making a Emergency Kit
For my newly married daughter they
lost power in a recent ice storm and
realized they didn't even have a flashlight.
tupperwaretrina@hotmail.com

nick said...

LIVING HERE IN FLORIDA, I NEED TO HAVE A KIT LIKE THIS ONE

melsywsou said...

With all the natural disasters happening...this would be smart.

dawns41 said...

I would like to add these items because I went through Ice Storm 09 and we get alot of hurrican warnings.
dawns_horizen@yahoo.com

calabaza said...

We lose power a few times each spring during tornado warnings. This light would be nice for sure!

Storm, The Psychotic Housewife said...

I'd like to add this to our disaster kit since we actually don't have a radio in our kit! (crimson here!)

stormraven at gmail dot com

moonsword said...

I don't have an Emergency Kit so this would start one off for me. Thanks!

debbie said...

We lose power a couple of times every year due to storms. I think this would improve my emergency kit, if I could add these things to it.
twoofakind12@yahoo.com

llinda29 said...

would like to add these items to your disaster kit because we live in hurricane country

llinda29 said...

I follow

hiann88 said...

My disaster kit is quite good already. This would complete it.

hiann88 said...

I have just started my kit. Could use these.

psnyder said...

Would love to have this for our disaster kit....we have a lot of bad storms & tornadoes. In fact, we are expecting them tonight & tomorrow!! grammypenny@frontier.com

Bhcusp215 said...

they would make a great and much needed additions to my emergency kit.
bhatch66 at gmail dot com

Bhcusp215 said...

gfc follower
bhatch66 at gmail dot com

Erica C. said...

I like that this is a great all-in-one product. This could really come in hand during an emergency.

fozzy331 said...

This would be good for my disaster kit I'm putting together. Thanks for the giveaway.
fozzy331@gmail.com

Ginger said...

we don't have a disaster kit at all..not for long!!


cyclona66 at aol dot com

rondadoug said...

Seems like a good thing to have both of these items in an emergency travel kit also. Which is where I would keep them since we do alot of off roading in the mountains
rdgarnett at hot mail dot com

Melissa B. said...

I would like to add these to my disaster kit because I can never find any tools when I need them.

Debbie C said...

I live in tornado alley. Along with that, we have had several winters now of ice or snow disasters, one of which kept us without power for days. I don't think I can have too many items in my disaster kit.

dchrisg3 @ gmail . com

janetfaye said...

I would like to add this to my kit for the times that we have storms and lose all power.

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

maryjaco1 said...

This is a very use item to have. Very compact and items you wouldn't think you would need.
mary@cire.com

janetfaye said...

I follow your blog - janetfaye

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

maryjaco1 said...

GFC-Mary J.
mary@cire.com

marcia goss said...

I don't live in a hurricane area, but we do have tornadoes, and I would love to have this. Thanks.
marcia.goss@gmail.com

Deborah said...

I live in a very rural area and in case of disaster, it'd be a very long time (if ever) before the government would come to help. Anything that might help us get thru until neighbors were able to make their way to help would be a blessing.

Fangirl Jen said...

Within the last year, our city has had both tornadoes and floods. I need to be able to keep up with the changing conditions and be ready when the power goes out.

Fangirl Jen said...

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Fangirl Jen said...

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ellie said...

I live in Texas and we are coming up on Spring storm/tornado season. I could really use these items to be prepared.
Thanks for the giveaway!
eswright18 at gmail dot com

ellie said...

I follow via GFC (ellie)
eswright18 at gmail dot com

mail4rosey said...

I would like to win because we use candles now when the lights go out and it always worries me.

msurosey@yahoo.com

amy16323 said...

i have a friend that can really use this
amy16323(at)gmail(dot)com

goofyme said...

Well since I (stupidly) do not have as great of an actual disaster kit as your offerings, I think it would be "wise" to embrace these items into a kit that I would assemble.

Finegal50 AT sbcglobal DOT net

clynsg said...

I have a radio/flashlight, but would like to win this so that I could give it to my daughter's family.

cgclynsg0 at gmail dot com

clynsg said...

Now following via GFC, but did it through toolbar, which I have learned sometimes does not add me to the list. No sign of a widget.

cgclynsg0 @ gmail dot com

pauline15 said...

Well, I live in earthquake country and my kids and I have been focusing on getting our survival kit up to date. Japan's latest disaster's have really brought this to the forfront for us!
pauline15_01 at hotmail dot com

rozdj said...

Tornedos are becoming too common and we all need this kit

taylorbagels said...

I'd like to add these as they are things I can use and need for those times.electricisland(at)gmail.com

taylorbagels said...

I follow on gfc.
electricisland(at)gmail.com

susansmoaks said...

i would love to add these items to our disaster kit because they would come in handy in a disaster
susansmoaks at gmail dot com

mary said...

we have had several tornado's and super strong thunderstorms in our area. last week a storm moving 80 miles per hour came through about 3am and over 100 homes were damaged so this would be a great addition to our emergency kit because you can never be too safe.

jagar0047 at yahoo dot com

mary said...

i follow you through gfc as mary

jagar0047 at yahoo dot com

mary said...

i follow Auriette on Twitter as jg4462 and tweeted
http://twitter.com/#!/jg4462/status/56420371095764992

jagar0047 at yahoo dot com

tlannan30 said...

This would be great to have around for severe weather.

tlannan30[at]yahoo[dot]com

Melinda said...

I would love to win this. We just moved to Southwest Florida and this is an essential. It would def be a blessing for my family!

melindasuegordon at gmail dot com

EnglishRose said...

I would love to add these to my emergency supplies because my son is getting to be old enough to have his own emergency pack with his own supplies....and my husband's needs a little more.

Chisum Crew said...

We live in Tornado Alley and don't have a kit put together yet. These items would give us a good start. trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

missrantsypants said...

Having been through many Hurricanes, including the worst, (Katrina) I know how helpful these items can be.



clarkmurdock@yahoo.com

carolpie said...

We live in earthquake country and have an old two story house, with basement, plus an old barn. this would be an excellent safety measure.
Very nice!
spencer1953 at gmail dot com.

carolpie said...

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Diane52 said...

i would like to add these items to my diaster kit since we often lose electrical power for long stretches of time and these items would be helpful
Diane Baum
esldiane@gmail.com

cpage2323 said...

I would like to win because I really like the idea of hand-cranked electricity. We live in the snow belt of ne ohio and we often go without eletricity during winter when we are snowed in...and we often dont have batteries...thanks for the chance!
trixie420247 at yahoo dot com

Ardy22 said...

I want to add them because I am a person that believes in being prepared for the unexpected.

ardy22 at earthlink dot net

Ardy22 said...

follow you twitter and tweet
http://twitter.com/#!/Ardy22/status/56538511414788096

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Ardy22 said...

left comment on hurricane predictions
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ardy22

ezmerelda said...

I live in a tornado zone, so I could definitely use this during the upcoming tornado season. It is good not to have to worry about batteries.

ezmerelda(AT)mail(DOT)com

Gianna said...

They're starting to test the tornado alarms again so they'd be nice to have on hand.

Gianna said...

I'm a GFC follower.

vegan4life said...

nice to have for a torjnado ty.
vivianbl@olg.com

Jake said...

Right now my kit is just a flashlight so this would be a big help

telcon_2000@yahoo.com

Growl Tiger said...

I just became a homeowner so having this would be a great start to a healthy, safe home