New tools to add to your emergency kit
Sponsored by City Mill
It’s Hurricane season, and if you don’t already have an emergency kit together, it’s never too late to start preparing. HI Now is highlighting the importance of being proactive ahead of severe weather during Hurricane Week, and it all starts with some key items to keep your home and family safe. Frank Suster, safety and facilities manager at City Mill, is demonstrating some unique products that can help during times of emergency.
Storing water is essential during a storm, which is why City Mill offers the waterBOB, a water containment system that holds up to 100 gallons of water in any standard bathtub in the event of an emergency. Flooding can also be a possibility, so having water-tight containers to store food and even important documents or valuables is critical. City Mill offers a gamma seal lid you can use with buckets it sells, or even your own to do just that.
When it comes to protecting your home during a flooding situation, Quick Dam is the next generation in flood protection and is good to have on hand in case of an emergency. Quick Dam is flat when you take it out of the package, but swells to about three inches when activated with water. It acts as a flood barrier, so just lie it in place and let the water do the rest. It absorbs and diverts problem water away from your home and property before it becomes a problem.
If you live in an area that’s prone to flooding, the WAYNE WWB WaterBUG Submersible Water Removal Pump is a tool you might want to have ready. It pumps up to 1,350 gallons per hour, connects to a standard garden hose and removes water down to a 1/16 inch of the surface, making the area virtually dry.
Suster explains that aside from these unique products, it’s critical to have enough non-perishable food and drinking water for 7-10 days. He says you should also have enough water for other purposes, like cooking and using the bathroom, for 7-10 days. In addition, a manual can opener, flashlights and batteries and a butane or propane stove or grill, along with fuel, are also essential.
City Mill partners with Hawaiian Electric and offers its Emergency Preparedness Handbook at all City Mill locations. A home survival kit, emergency food, and water are essential during disasters or extended power outages that leave you confined to your home.
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