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December 12, 2011

WeatherWear: Yaktrax Pro Traction Cleats for Snow and Ice


Slipping and painful falls on the ice and snow seem to be part and parcel of winter. Wearing these spikeless and super light Yaktrax Pro Traction Cleats you can move about naturally on ice and snow with same solid grip as on dry surfaces.


You can experience stability like you have never felt before. Excellent for the elderly, injured and infirm, too. Available in S, M, L, and XL sizes.

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November 21, 2011

Safe Paw Ice Melter


Don't ruin your holidays with a fall and injury on slippery steps and walkways, especially with so many guests and relatives visiting. Many of us use ice melters to clear the path of ice, but most ice melters contain salt which can poison and burn our pets and children.

This non-toxic Safe Paw Ice Melter will not irritate tender paws or skin. It melts ice in temperatures as low as 2 F with a timed-release formula that helps prevent re-icing for up to three days.

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November 17, 2011

Winter Tires -- Are They Necessary?


If you see a lot of winter weather where you live and drive, you may wonder if it's necessary to put winter tires on your car, or maybe just get by with a good set of all-season tires. The folks over at Consumer Reports are wondering the same thing, and the answer depends.

Even if your vehicle has all-wheel drive, winter tires deliver better stopping grip on snow and ice than most all-season tires. They are the right choice if you commonly drive in wintry weather, or if you just want a greater piece of mind.

On the other hand, if you live in an area with infrequent winter weather or can wait for the roads to be cleared after a storm before heading out, all-season tires are a better choice.

At Winter Tires

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November 8, 2011

Holiday Gift Pick -- Snow Wolf Wheeled Snow Shovel


Shoveling snow requires a lot of effort and carries a serious risk of injury. This popular Snow Wolf Wheeled Snow Shovel can throw snow without twisting or lifting and provides a fast and safe alternative to shoveling. Anyone can use the wheeled shovel since it is fully adjustable for body type and size.


The Snow Wolf outperforms many snow blowers and is environmentally clean, quiet, and maintenance-free. It stores easily and can hang flat on the wall like a shovel.

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October 12, 2011

Automatic Power Failure Interior Lights


Don't let yourself and your family be suddenly plunged into the dark during a power failure. It's scary and a good way to get hurt. These Automatic Power Failure Lights provide illumination inside your home during a power outage.


The included power detector plugs into a wall outlet and constantly monitors the house's electricity. When power is lost, it instantly turns on up to 30 lights (two included, more available) from up to 100' away via a wireless signal. Each light's LED produces crisp, white light to illuminate hallways, stairs, and rooms.


You can remove the power detector from the outlet and use it to manually control the lights and as a handheld flashlight as well. The system runs on batteries to provide 40 hours of illumination, so no need for hard-wiring. The LEDs are rated for 50,000 hours.

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September 9, 2011

UCO Stormproof Emergency Matches


These UCO Stormproof Matches are completely stormproof--they will burn in spite of wind, rain or cold and even underwater. Each match burns for about 15 seconds. Extra strikers are included.


Keep them in the waterproof UCO Stormproof Match Case Kit which holds 25 matches as well as spare strikers. An integrated striker is attached on the side of the Match Kit and can be replaced when worn out.

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September 8, 2011

Joby Gorillatorch Switchback Versatile Emergency Light Source


If the power goes out in due to weather or any other emergency, use this affordable Joby Gorillatorch Switchback as a versatile light source. It transforms from a from a high-performance headlamp to a traditional campsite lantern to hanging dome lamp


It has 5 powerful LEDs, including flood lights and red for night vision. Also convenient for outdoor excursions--camping, hiking or wherever your hobbies may take you.

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September 6, 2011

Never Be Without Clean Water -- WaterBOB Emergency Drinking Water Storage


One serious concern among many in a weather emergency such as a hurricane or tornado is finding your household with dangerously contaminated water. This WaterBOB Emergency Drinking Water Storage system enables you to store an amazing 100 gallons of clean, safe water or other liquid.


The affordable WaterBOB bladder is manufactured from FDA food grade plastic and includes a siphon pump to allow you to dispense the water as you need it. Every home should have one of these in their emergency kit.

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April 14, 2011

Rain Barrel Urn -- Capture and Store Rainwater


It seems every year we have a period of drought that burns the grass and threatens our plants and trees. If we capture and store the fresh water when it rains, then we can recycle it during these dry spells for watering. Plants always seem to thrive better drinking natural rainwater rather than chemical-ridden tap. Plus using rainwater reduces your water bill.

This Rain Barrel Urnicon resembles the terra cotta pottery we love. A self-draining planter on top adds a charming touch.


To increase the total conservation during rainy spells, it can be attached to other rain barrels using linking nodes. Check out the variety of Rain Barrel stylesicon. Save 15% off your purchase of $75 or more with code: LNKPH15.

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April 11, 2011

Emergency Thermal Blankets


As we all know from our own or vicarious experience, the weather can seriously disrupt our lives in a nanosecond to the point where survival is an issue. In such an event, this compact Emergency Thermal Blanket comes in quite handy as an "emergency shelter".

The Emergency Blanket provides warmth, retaining and reflecting up to 90% of body heat and functions as a waterproof and windproof barrier. In the event of an injury, it doubles as a covering to help reduce shock. Keep a few around the house for emergency use and bring along when camping, hiking, in the car or anywhere you may need to survive low temperatures outdoors.

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September 12, 2008

Storm Safe Floating Hurricane Shelter


We've been researching options for a storm shelter given the current hurricane season, and think we've found something interesting with Storm Safe. The severe storm Hurricane Shelter is designed in a hexagon shape, and fabricated from heavy aluminum. The shelter is designed to be assembled quickly, and stores away concealed from others who might want to barge into your storm shelter. We're not sure with high winds we would want to be in the Storm Safe without it being secured, but because it's water tight, we might be a bit more inclined to not worry about being washed out to sea. Whatever you decide, the best option is always to evacuate if you're told to, and we think a storm shelter is a good last option to have in your arsenal of emergency tricks.

It has the following key features:

  • 4 Person Capacity
  • 8x7 foot
  • Stores in a Small Space
  • Assembles with hand tools
  • Can be disassembled from the inside
  • 4 air-vents, plug-gable
  • Can be secured to the ground
  • Watertight and floats
  • Inside lighting with light sticks

At Hurricane Shelter Storm Safe

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July 11, 2008

KOR ONE - Hydration Vessel for Weather Emergencies


We're always looking for a better looking water bottle for weather emergencies, and the KOR ONE Hydration Vessel at $30 fits the bill. The KOR One is BPA-free, and features a stunning industrial design. Drinking is made easy with a spill free spout, and a one hand operable hinge for drinking more than the spout offers and refilling.

Via Uncrate

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May 20, 2008

Disaster Supply Kit Tips and Tricks


simplehuman has a really excellent article on the how to make you own disaster supply kit, and how much stuff you're going to need per person to stay alive. You may also want to check out Popular Mechanics tips and tricks on making a disaster relief kit as well.

We have a small kit in the basement, but I think given the list in both places we'll be adding more food, clothes, and other items just for piece of mind.

At just in case: disaster supply kit

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March 31, 2008

XPower Powerpack 1500 - Portable Power without Emissions

We like clean power whenever we can get it, and we really like power when bad weather has knocked it out. The XPower Powerpack 1500 is a portable power system that produces household electricity for products rated at 1500 watts or less. A clean and quiet alternative to a generator, the XPower Powerpack integrates a 60 Amp/hour AGM battery with a 1500-watt inverter and produces a 3000-watt surge. This system is built to run a range of appliances such as a standard size refrigerator and microwave oven, and office equipment such as a computer, monitor, and fax machine.

At Xantrex Technologies XPower Powerpack 1,500-Watt Portable Backup Power System
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