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ReadyBox Review – Are you Prepared?

ReadyBox Review – Are you Prepared?

What type of natural disaster can happen where you live? Are you prepared for disaster striking? Within the last year the world has seen giant earthquakes, tsunamis, flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires. If a disaster hasn’t struck in your community it seems like it’s only a matter of time until it will.

I live in Southern California- prime earthquake country.  The first large earthquake I experienced was in 1994 when the Northridge quake hit. I was sleeping and was dreaming that a friend was shaking me by the shoulders. I’ll never forget walking out of my bedroom and seeing my mom mesmerized at the back door staring at the pool as the water splashed into our living room. This set the stage for my earthquake fear – and my earthquake preparedness.

At that time there was no internet to look to for advice on what to do to be prepared for the next big earthquake. The local news did multiple stories on what to keep at home to be prepared so I promptly went into our pantry and pulled out a few cans of food and a hand can opener.   I put them in a bag under my bed and that bag came with me to college, then to San Francisco (where I lived briefly after college) and so on.

When I got pregnant with Brett I realized that my plastic bag of food under the bed wasn’t going to cut it anymore. I went online and purchased, for $120, a 10-gallon tub of earthquake prep gear.  When it arrived on my doorstep I had my husband put it in our hall closet and I haven’t really thought about it since.

Fast-forward to two weeks ago (6-years-post-earthquake-tub-purchase) and all of San Diego and much of southern Orange County lost power. Oh, and the AT&T cell phones were also out of service (not sure which was worse). My husband and I went looking for the earthquake tub because I knew it had a wind-up radio. Unfortunately, it took some time to get to it (buried in the closet) and my husband (an ex-football player) had trouble opening it! Can you imagine if we had been in an actual disaster?

Enter ReadyBox.  This is truly all you need to keep your family safe in the event that a disaster happens in your area.  This box is small yet has everything that is important for you to make it through a couple days until you can get to medical care, to the store, etc. The box itself glows in the dark so you can find it. It only takes twenty minutes to charge it and make it ‘glow’ for hours. It also floats in case you are in flood.

Once you easily locate the ReadyBox after the disaster you have everything you need inside- and everything is professional grade (not some chinsey dollar-store items).  And when I say ‘professional,’ I mean it. Many of the items are the exact items that the Coast Guard uses.  You’ll find a wind-up radio/flashlight so that you can tune into news and hear the important updates that you need. This wind-up radio also will charge your cell phone! Cell phone dies? No problem- ReadyBox comes with almost every connector so you can wind-up your phone!

Each box contains two antiviral masks. These aren’t what you buy at the drugstore. These masks will keep out Anthrax (god-forbid) but more likely smoke.  Each box also contains two thermal blankets that contains 90% of your body heat.

Hungry? Thirsty? There are 3 1L Tetra Paks of water (keeping water from contamination) and 2 packages of protein bars that are KID FRIENDLY. Yes- they taste like lemon cookies!

Yes, there are medical supplies as well. For a full list of what is in the box check out this link.

ReadyBox really thought of everything and I feel safe and comfortable now that I have a ReadyBox under my bed. I plan on purchasing one for my car, one for my parents home and one for my grandfather. What better gift to give someone at the holidays than the gift of safety?

Every family should have at least 1 ReadyBox in their home (1 box has enough supplies for 2 people) and one in each car because, lets face it, how often are you at home during an emergency?


If you don’t win and decide to purchase a ReadyBox, please indicate that you heard about it through New Mommy Oasis (or NMO). Thank you!

I was provided a review product.

The views and opinions expressed in this blog are purely my own and any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified by the above mentioned company.

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  1. Meghan B. says:

    Great review!! I am ashamed to say that I have never purchased a diaster preparedness kit. After reading this, I will definitely be buying one very soon. Especially now that I have kids, it is imperative I have one around.

    Thanks for the good info:-)

  2. It is a nice idea, but way too much money for the limited amount of provided supplies. You could run down to your local Home Depot and buy a “homer bucket with lid” for 5 bucks and then a quick trip to walmart for $20 more in custom supplies. Then you could afford one for every family member. They mention “we don’t stuff our kit with tissues and other non-essentials.” Well after two days in the dark, eating high fiber lemon cookies, you are reallying going to wish you had a tissue or two. Do yourself a favor, build your own kits customized for your family members and during your next emergency, you won’t be stuck paying me 20 dollars for a spare roll of toilet paper.

  3. Adrienne Lenz says:

    Hi – I heard about this giveaway through mommy oasis. I am sad to say I have never purchased or put together a kit! Great review :)

  4. Susan Chanse says:

    This would be perfect to keep in the car. Great idea! I should really get some items together….

  5. So need to pick up one of these! It’s one of those things that is always at the back of my mind, that I never quite get around to doing!

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