Recently I came across an article about Emergency Preparedness Week. Emergency Preparedness Week is a national event coordinated by Public Safety Canada, the first week of May, with the hope to encourage families to be prepared for any emergency that may occur in their area. I’ve been blessed throughout my life and never had to endure an emergency situation! I remember the Northeast blackout of 2003 that occurred throughout parts of the Northeastern and Midwestern United States and the Canadian province of Ontario. Some people had power restored within 5 hours, but many people were without power for two days! The blackout affected an estimated 10 million people in Ontario and 45 million people in eight U.S. states (Wikipedia). Many people were stranded without food, water, gas and ways to communicate because they were not prepared. Luckily, I was on a rare vacation accompanying my in-laws to my brother in laws wedding in South Dakota that weekend, but I would have been one of those people stranded.
Whether you run into an unexpected emergency on the road or an unpredictable natural disasters you should be prepared for anything. It can happen at a moment’s notice and having an emergency kit could save your life. When a disaster occurs usually power is not knocked out and communication between yourself and your loved ones can be difficult and almost impossible. SpareOne can come to your rescue and provide lifesaving help in emergency situations!
–Torch light: When the lights go out, finding supplies and help can be difficult. The SpareOne has a torchlight feature that provides continues light for 24 hours!
–Keypad: The SpareOne has a large one-touch button to connect you easily to EMERGENCY services. It allows you to program and save up to 8 phone numbers into your phone. This feature is especially handy if you are giving this phone to a young child. You can provide them with the numbers that they need (i.e. work, home, cellphone, etc) in order to get a hold of you in an emergency.
–Display: The display is very similar to an early day cellphone. It does not allow for text messaging or smartphone capabilities. The device does however send an automatic text response informing them that you cannot read text messages and can be reached via phone calls instead. This phone is not designed as an everyday communication device but rather for communication during an emergency. So it does what it is marketed for.
–Price: $100 can seem pretty steep for a phone that you may never use. Is your family safety worth $100? For a phone that can put you in contact with emergency services a touch of a button, a phone that requires no charging and provide 24 hours of light when electricity isn’t available, most people will agree it is!
Overall, I love the idea of an emergency cell phone; the SpareOne. This one has many amazing features that I feel make it a perfect fit for my family. Next time there is a major blackout in my home down or my kids are going to be away from me, I know that my family will be able to communicate!
My Family is prepared. Are you?