September 4, 2013 10:21 by Nick
The end of summer doesn't only bring about falling leaves, pumpkin flavored foods and children going back to school. The end of the summer also begins what we call "hurricane season".
The tropical storms that start in the Caribbean gain momentum and head toward the United States. In so few words, the cooler waters of the United States is what drives them up here and causes them to expand.
This October marks the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, whose flooding and winds caused approximately $68 billion in damage, making it the second most costly hurricane since the US has been documenting these terrifying storms.
Between the first-hand experience of living on Long Island during Hurricane Sandy and a presentation I attended on storms by Neil Degrasse Tyson, I have learned quite a bit about these storms. Although the far more interesting fact I learned is that a nuclear bomb can be used to stop a hurricane in its tracks, the most important I learned is to be prepared.
That's why this week's "Spotlight" product is a product in my disaster kit - the custom printed emergency clock radio phone charger. Using only a few C batteries, the product keeps you informed on the storm's path and damage with a fully functioning AM/FM radio. Additionally, this product acts as a flashlight (and a bright one too, thanks to its flourescent bulb) and includes everything you need to charge a variety of cell phones.
Don't have C batteries? That's okay! The reason this product is eco-friendly is because it is powered by a unique hand crank. Just a few cranks of this charger will keep you informed via radio broadcasts, keep you illuminated and keep you connected with a charging cell phone. Add 1 day production and a super low minimum and you have a product that will expose your brand as heroic, even in the face of crisis.
Although Hurricane Sandy was unlike any storm we have seen, it isn't to say that another similar storm can't be headed our way. It always helps to stay ahead, have an emergency plan and include this Emergency Clock Radio Phone Charger in your survival kit.
August 30, 2011 09:22 by Nick
If you're living on the East Coast, you're probably one of the millions who are on-edge about natural disasters. It's okay, it's completely normal to feel that - especially after two small magnitude earthquakes and a hurricane all within one week. And with the formation and official announcement of Hurricane Katia sometime during the week, it's very possible that this could only be the beginning.
But to play it safe, it is best to make sure you have an emergency kit lined up. We know the damage a hurricane can cause once inland and know that Hurricane Irene (and the earthquakes) were only minimal. Since we know the continental US, especially the region from Virginia to Maine, is not invincible when it comes to these type of disasters, it's always good to plan ahead.
As mentioned right before the storm, it is important to see where you are going. And with residents of Long Island expected to be without power until Friday and the sunset expected to be no later than 8:00pm until then, it's incredibly difficult to lead somewhat of a normal life when not being able to see. I lent my aunt and uncle a custom imprinted 12 LED Multi-Function Dynamo Lantern by Garrity and they found it to be so useful that they decided to entertain guests. It was well-received and was able to brighten the kitchen and attached living room with a great amount of ease. A custom imprinted lantern is best for brightening up a room and because of that, it's best to have one for the major rooms: the living room, a bathroom, kitchen, etc.
When going for a walk to assess damage or for traveling through your house, a promotional flashlight is best. Motivators carries many promotional flashlights, ranging in size from the custom imprinted Enviro Flashlight to the promotional Rechargeable Spotlight. These will work best because they either don't require batteries or use rechargeable batteries.
With your power out, the food in your refrigerator and freezer will slowly start to defrost and eventually spoil. When attempting to eat anything in your refrigerator, it's a race against the clock when it comes to ingesting anything. But what about days after the incident? Sure, you can order take-out or delivery but what about those snacks in between?
A handful of custom imprinted lunch bags, when left in the fridge prior to the power-outtage, will keep your food colder and for longer. And to further extend the shelf-life of this food, be sure to throw in a few freezer packs. The custom imprinted Recycled 12 Can Convertible Duffel Cooler Bag is certainly a must-have for any household. And for panty food, a small handful of custom imprinted bag clips will keep everything you open fresh and tasting great for an extended period of time.
And what about your pet? If roads are too treacherous and your pet food is too scarce, don't you want to preserve their food as long as possible? The custom imprinted Pet Food Cover fits on most cat-food and dog-food cans and will keep it like new. Best of all, it has a large imprint area and is biodegradable.
"Let's watch a movie...oh, let's just play a video game...um, I just need to use the phone..."
Everything we use relies heavily on electricity. But with the electricity out, the only devices that tend to work are smartphones - and even these will only last a few days until needing to be charged.
Luckily, there are several promotional electronic chargers on our website, including the Portable Solar Charger. This charger can charge Blackberry, iPhone and other USB-dependent devices. And with this incredible portability, you'll be able to bring it wherever you please.
And to keep up with the storm, be sure to have a custom imprinted radio on-hand. Motivators has some radios that crank and require no batteries. We even sell one promotional radio that has a cell phone charger and flashlight attached.
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When evacuating, you want to bring as little as possible with you. It's all about getting to a safe place, to higher ground, not saving menial possessions. So when it comes to your computer, leave it at home. Instead, back up all your information onto a promotional flash drive. Whether your computer or laptop works when you come back to the apartment or house, you'll be reassured knowing your personal information and files will be salvaged - even when your computer might not be. And best of all, you'll be able to save time and car space by choosing to pack a promotional flash drive as opposed to an entire computer.
Here at Motivators, we put safety for you and others on the top of a long list of philosophies and priorities. If you need help finding these or any other promotional products, feel free to give us a call and speak to our friendly sales staff.
August 26, 2011 12:32 by Nick
With hurricane Irene expected to be the first hurricane to hit Long Island since Gloria in 1985, people aren't wasting time in preparing. Well, some. Some people might see the hurricane as something that will only put a damper on the weekend while others are stocking up on food - expecting a Y2K-esque disaster. While others, like myself, are working the middle ground and stowing away supplies while carrying on a normal life.
One of the supplies I will have on me is my trusty 12 LED Multi-Function Dynamo Lantern from Garrity. Whether the power goes out or trying to make a repair, I will need a lantern with me to see where I am going or what I am doing. And there's no better light than the one from this lanyern. Simply turn the crank and - without batteries - 12 LED lights light up, illuminating the room, tent or even the outside. And when the emergency is over, use this lantern for outdoor activities, camping and entertaining guests outside.