5 Ways To Ring in the New Year with Readiness

To say that 2020 has been a “crazy fiery whirlwind inside of a dumpster fire of uncertainty” would be the understatement of the decade.

In addition to the still-raging COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve also seen extreme weather events such as wildfires, heatwaves, hurricanes, winter storms, floods, and tornadoes all bring the nation to a standstill. The world has, in many ways, stopped. Or maybe popped. Or maybe we’re all just tired?

Hindsight is 2021.

Imagine what we would have done differently if we knew then —1 year ago— what we know now.

As we say goodbye to this wonky year forever and take its lessons with us, here are 5 simple things that you and your family can do to enter the new year in full readiness style, ready to face uncertainty with calm.


1. Prepare your Go Bag for every family member.

As you may have experienced in a hurricane or wildfire this year, sometimes you gotta get up and just go! No time for packing, just leaving. Behold, the Go Bag. It's a collection of all the emergency essentials you would need to survive for at least 3 days.

Good news! In 2020, Americans were slightly more likely to keep a bag packed with emergency supplies in their house compared to 2019, increasing from 27% to 29%. So, Go You!

You can assemble your own Go Bag using our customized list in our app or if you are relatively new to the readiness realm, or simply don’t have much time, we’ve got some great options for you:

REDFORA Complete Emergency Kit (for 1)
REDFORA Complete Emergency Kit (for 1)
REDFORA Complete Emergency Kit (for 1)
REDFORA Complete Emergency Kit (for 1)
REDFORA Complete Emergency Kit (for 1)
REDFORA Complete Emergency Kit (for 1)
REDFORA Complete Emergency Kit (for 1)

REDFORA Complete Emergency Kit (for 1)

$114.99

Redfora’s Complete Emergency Kit - three days of the essential supplies you’ll need to stay safe, warm, and fed in an emergency. Highlighted by Forbes, the BBC, and Business Insider, it’s expert-designed, trusted by hundreds of thousands of people, and it’s the backup plan your family deserves. 

Your kit comes standard with the Redfora Refresh system: register for automatic reminders before any item in your bag expires, and an easy way to replace and refresh your emergency plan.

Each kit comes with a contents list, suggestions for personal additions you’ll want to consider, tips on where to keep it, and a printed guide to ‘Creating Your Emergency Plan’ with a helpful worksheet and contact cards.

*In rare occasions, a specific item may be swapped with a similar or higher quality version of the same item*

CONTENTS
  • FOOD + WATER: 3600 cal Food Bar, Water Pouch (12), Hydration Bag w/Straw, Water Purification Tablet (10
  • FIRST AID + HYGIENE: First-Aid Kit, Hygiene Kit, Pocket Tissue Pack, Waste Bag
  • TOOLS: Pencil, Note Pad, 5-in-1 Whistle, 50 ft. Nylon Rope, Multi-Function Tool, Safety Goggles, Sewing Kit, Work Gloves, Disposable 3-ply masks (3)
  • LIGHT + COMMUNICATION: 30+ hour Candle, 12 hour Bright Stick, Hand Crank Flashlight / Radio / Phone Charger
  • SHELTER + WARMTH: Waterproof Matches, Emergency Poncho, Mylar Sleeping Bag, Tube Tent, Hand / Body Warmer

SPECS

  • WEIGHT: 10.5 lbs (3 days)
  • DIMENSIONS: 14x5x20.5
  • FOOD/WATER SHELF LIFE: 5-yr shelf life (typically delivered within 3-6 months of packaging
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The SEVENTY2 Pro
The SEVENTY2 Pro
The SEVENTY2 Pro
The SEVENTY2 Pro
The SEVENTY2 Pro

The SEVENTY2 Pro

$499.99

We took the world’s best Survival System and made it even better. Due to overwhelming demand by government, experts and professional groups, we went back to the drawing board and rebuilt the Seventy2 from the ground up for professional daily use.  While the backpack looks similar to the original, durability, fit and organization has been improved. Internal tools have been beefed up and refined, and new colorways make the Seventy2 stand out. Or blend in.

The backpack includes: the Pro Shell and Pro Insert, Survival Tent, Empire Knife, P1 Flashlight, Water Bottle, Syringe, Wet Wipes, Beanie x2, Air Mask x2, Sunscreen, Ferrell Rod, Food x2, Shovel/Hammer, Multitool, Crank Radio/Flashlight/Charger, Survival Blanket x2, Hot Hands, Gloves, Sawyer Water Filter, Duct Tape, Stormproof Matches, Paracord, Glow Sticks, First-Aid Kit, Upgraded Goggles x2


Designed for multiple person situations, this survival systems comes with the following features: 

  • Professional grade tools for repeated use in harsh environments
  • Improved shoulder and hip straps
  • Additional external waterproof pocket
  • Improved external strap system with swappable attachment options
  • New base straps for low carry, centered loads
  • New colorways
  • 100% Water-proof welded construction. 600D dual-coated tarpaulin.  Reflective logos. stretch, waterproof outer and hip pockets.



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24Seven - Complete Kit
24Seven - Complete Kit
24Seven - Complete Kit
24Seven - Complete Kit
24Seven - Complete Kit
24Seven - Complete Kit
24Seven - Complete Kit
24Seven - Complete Kit
24Seven - Complete Kit
24Seven - Complete Kit
24Seven - Complete Kit
24Seven - Complete Kit

24Seven - Complete Kit

$349.00

The 24Seven comes with the same great 600D coated tarpaulin that made our Seventy2 famous. Instead of a roll-top, the 24Seven utilizes a clam-shell design and waterproof zipper, allowing you quick and easy access inside. Our CARD system transforms the 24Seven to your day. So whether you’re headed out for an overnight photo safari, a full day of classes or you're a professional who goes from the gym to work to dinner before returning home at night, The 24Seven is a perfect solution to protect your gear, and to protect you.

Once inside The 24Seven, a survival kit and color coordinated expert instructions are designed to get you through 24 hours of an emergency.  Tucked away in its own pocket, you won't even notice the survival kit is there - until you need it. It includes a space blanket, water filter, air mask, first aid kit, glow sticks and matches. All TSA approved and all ready at a moments notice, without compromising space inside your kit.

 

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#2. Safeguard your precious documents.

Maybe you’ve been through a literal or figurative tornado this year, an actual wildfire, or just had to quickly get to the hospital. If so, you probably realized that sometimes you’ve only got seconds or minutes to react. In those critical moments, your family’s safety of course comes first.

In other words, you shouldn’t be frantically running around looking for vital documents! In 2020, only 35.4% of Americans reported having stored copies of important documents and contact information online or in a safe (waterproof) place. We can definitely do better than that.

To amp up that percentage this next year, here’s what we can do. Prepare and make copies of these four main types of documents:

Family: This includes IDs and all that good stuff like birth certificates, marriage/divorce papers, social security cards, and passports.

Financial: You'll want to make sure you have copies of things like tax information, financial account numbers, income verification, and insurance papers.

Legal: This would be your wills, power of attorney, trusts, title & deeds, citizenship, or immigration papers.

Medical: This includes insurance papers, immunizations, allergy information, and current prescriptions you or your family members are taking.

Once you’ve collected all of your documents, these can help you safeguard all that good stuff:

Jundun Water and Fireproof Document Bags
Jundun Water and Fireproof Document Bags
Jundun Water and Fireproof Document Bags
Jundun Water and Fireproof Document Bags
Jundun Water and Fireproof Document Bags
Jundun Water and Fireproof Document Bags
Jundun Water and Fireproof Document Bags
Jundun Water and Fireproof Document Bags

Jundun Water and Fireproof Document Bags

$14.90

 

These fireproof and water resistant document bags are made of high quality non-itchy silicone coated fiberglass which stands up to temperatures of 1832℉(1000℃. 

  • With the large capacity of 13.4 * 9.4 inches, this fireproof document bag can keep most of your most valuable items including passports, licenses, USBs disks and CDs deeds, certificates, cash, letters , precious photos, marriage certificate, money and more
  • Fireproof zipper adds storage security and carrying safety. The money bag with zipper is ideal for office or home. Combining a fireproof bag and fireproof safe box together is the best solution to offer your documents and valuables a complete protection in any fire accident
  • With a hanging trap, the fireproof money pouch is a convenient accessory for you no matter at home or on office, portable and can be easily folded

 

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SentrySafe Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock
SentrySafe Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock
SentrySafe Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock
SentrySafe Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock
SentrySafe Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock
SentrySafe Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock
SentrySafe Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock
SentrySafe Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock
SentrySafe Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock

SentrySafe Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock

$90.00

The SentrySafe HD4100 Fireproof Safe and Waterproof Safe holds up to 40 standard hanging folders making it the ideal storage solution for your important family or business documents. In-lid organization keeps frequently accessed items such as passports, check books and digital media within easy reach. Complete with ETL Verified flood protection and UL Classified fire protection to provide true peace of mind for your irreplaceable valuables.

Features:

  • Fireproof box is UL Classified to endure 1/2 hour at 1550°F to protect irreplaceable documents, small valuables, DVDs, and USBs from fire
  • Waterproof box is ETL Verified for 72 hours of water submersion offering peace of mind in the event of a flood
  • Fire safe features a flat key lock to prevent the lid from opening in the event of a fire; includes two keys. Material - Captured Fire Insulation
  • Document safe features built-in straps for easy storage of passports, social security cards, and birth certificates; fire box accommodates letter-size hanging files and folders (sold separately)
  • Exterior: 15.5 in. W x 13.5 in. D x 14.3 in. H; Interior: 12 in. W x 8.1 in. H x 11.5 in. H; medium capacity 0.65 cubic feet; weighs 39 pounds

 

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Waterproof USB Flash Drive
Waterproof USB Flash Drive
Waterproof USB Flash Drive
Waterproof USB Flash Drive
Waterproof USB Flash Drive
Waterproof USB Flash Drive
Waterproof USB Flash Drive
Waterproof USB Flash Drive
Waterproof USB Flash Drive

Waterproof USB Flash Drive

$83.90

 Elevate your memory storage with Samsung USB 3.0 technology. Get more mileage with a USB ideal for transfers between PCs and notebooks. Enjoy the best of both worlds with sleek, super-compact design as well as higher transfer speeds and rugged 5-proof durability.

Features:

  • High-quality metal casing for durability with key ring to prevent loss
  • NAND Flash Technology
  • Water proof, Shock proof, magnet proof, temp proof, and X-ray proof with a 5-year warranty
  • High-speed USB 3.0 flash drive for fast data transfer
  • Operating temperature is 0 to 60 degree celsius. Non-operating temperature is minus 10 to 70 degree celsius
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Level up with harbor and go digital.

For even more convenience and better security, store all your vital documents using the harbor app to keep everything tidy, always-accessible, and safe from cyber-attack. Once you download the app, check out the digital documents tool!

We use bank-level encryption so that you can keep everything you need protected just-in-case, all in one place!

#3. Stay alert and connected.

In times of heightened uncertainty, the queen of reliable updates - the radio - always comes into play for trusted sources of information and community connection.

In fact, a recent Nielsen survey found that 83% of consumers say they’re listening to as much or more radio this year as they were before the pandemic. Plus, 60% held the radio in high regard and trust in delivering timely information about the current COVID-19 outbreak.

Let’s continue to stay alert and connected next year. Here are our top picks!

Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500

Voyager Classic KA500

$49.98

Specifically designed for emergency situations, the KA500 offers different methods to power itself including AC/DC adapter (not included), three AA batteries (not included), the built-in rechargeable Ni-MH battery, and the dynamo hand crank. Includes an internal generator that recharges the internal replaceable Ni-MH battery pack and powers the radio, flashlight and reading lamp. This radio also features a USB port, which you can use either to charge your radio with a PC or charge other electronic gadgets with the hand crank. 

Standard accessories include earphones, user manual and bonus multiple adapter tips for charging select models of Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, and LG phones.

Features:

  • 5-way powered emergency radio, AC, battery, hand crank, solar, computer
  • AM/FM/Shortwave radio and 7 pre-set NOAA weather channels with alert
  • 180-degree adjustable solar panel
  • Impact resistant and water resistant
  • Works like a battery - plug your phone charger directly into it

 

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ETON Crank Radio/Flashlight/Charger
ETON Crank Radio/Flashlight/Charger

ETON Crank Radio/Flashlight/Charger

$24.99

This rechargeable hand crank powered AM, FM and weather band digital radio features an LED flashlight and glow-in-the-dark locator to easily find it at night or during a power outage. 

Features:

  • This radio features a super bright 3-LED flashlight.
  • Use the included mini-USB cable to recharge with any standard USB port.
  • A headphone output is included for individual listening.
  • From weather alert radios & backup battery packs to solar-powered sound systems, we'll keep you connected & in the know at home, in the office, on the road or in the great outdoors.
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Voyager MAX KA900
Voyager MAX KA900
Voyager MAX KA900
Voyager MAX KA900
Voyager MAX KA900
Voyager MAX KA900
Voyager MAX KA900
Voyager MAX KA900

Voyager MAX KA900

$99.95

Introducing the newest and most advanced addition to the Kaito Voyager family, the KA900 Voyager Max, a digital portable receiver designed for both everyday use & emergency preparedness applications. As an emergency preparedness tool, it offers different methods to power up including an AC/DC adapter (NOT included), a built-in rechargeable 2,000 mAh lithium battery that can be charged by the optional AC adapter, hand cranking or a USB power source, and the patented flip-up 180-degree adjustable solar panel provides power for the radio even when no battery is installed. With its revolutionary design and versatile functions, it’s not only an ideal choice of a bedside radio but also an indispensable tool for emergency preparedness purposes, travelling, camping, backpacking and other outdoor activities.

The KA900 has a wide range of band reception including AM, FM, shortwave and NOAA weather stations. The 7-weather channels are pre-programmed and numbered from 1-7, you can easily and conveniently tune into the stations by turning the tuning knob, no more guess work involved. Plus if the radio is set at the “Alert” mode, it will be automatically activated when it receives the alert signals from the NOAA weather stations.

Combining dual 1.5-inch speakers and pure digital circuitry, the KA900 delivers uncompromising sound quality and enhanced listening experience with outstanding clarity & minimal distortion. The Voyager Max is equipped with the latest Bluetooth technology that allows you to wirelessly stream audio/music from a Bluetooth compatible device, such as a smart phone. To take fully advantage of the KA900's built-in MP3 player and digital audio equalizer, you can also plug an audio device directly into a 3.5mm input jack or insert a micro-SD memory card with up to 32 GB capacity.

Key Features:
Wireless Streaming: Wireless audio streaming from a bluetooth compatible device, such as a mobile smartphone, or an MP3 player.

Portable Audio Amplifier: Plug-n-play (3.5mm audio input) fully-featured MP3 player supports multiple file formats including MP3, WMA, and WAV, Micro-SD card reader supports a micro-SD card up to 32 GB, Built-in equalizer features 7 sound effects to select for personal preference, Built-in microphone records your favorite radio programs or voice memos

Comprehensive Coverage: FM: 87 - 108 MHz, AM (MW): 520 -1710 KHz, SW (shortwave): 3,000 - 23,000 KHz, NOAA Weather: 1 – 7

Safety features: USB mobile phone charger for both iOS and Android devices, LED Flashlight, 5-LED reading lamp

Specifications:
Headset jack socket: 3.5 mm
Sensitivity:
FM<10uV
MW<1mV/m
SW < 30uV
Rechargeable battery: 2,000 mAh li-ion
Dimensions:9 ½ x 5 ½ x 2 ½ inches
Weight: 1 lb 11 oz

What's in the box:
Voyager Max Radio
2,000 mAh li-ion rechargeable battery (installed)
23-ft retractable shortwave antenna
Micro USB charging cable
Quick reference guide
User manual
Registration card
Emergency Preparedness Guidebook

 

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#4. Keep focusing on your own power.

During this wild, wild year of temptation to fear, many homes were tested with seemingly apocalyptic levels of power outages.

California electricity providers cut power to more than 85,000 homes and businesses during the Thanksgiving holiday as strong winds raised the risk of wildfires. Then there was Tropical Storm Isaias leaving more than two million people without power on the East Coast, and the list of power-related failures goes on . . . .

The good thing is, we can do our best to prepare for the next outage so we’re not left in the dark again. We can easily stock up on batteries, flashlights, solar-powered power banks, and portable generators so that no matter how long the power is out, you and your family can still feel powerful.

Rainproof Solar Power Bank External Backup Battery w/ Flashlight
Rainproof Solar Power Bank External Backup Battery w/ Flashlight
Rainproof Solar Power Bank External Backup Battery w/ Flashlight
Rainproof Solar Power Bank External Backup Battery w/ Flashlight
Rainproof Solar Power Bank External Backup Battery w/ Flashlight
Rainproof Solar Power Bank External Backup Battery w/ Flashlight
Rainproof Solar Power Bank External Backup Battery w/ Flashlight
Rainproof Solar Power Bank External Backup Battery w/ Flashlight

Rainproof Solar Power Bank External Backup Battery w/ Flashlight

$49.99

 This eco-friendly 20000mAh Li-Polymer battery works with most cell phones and electronic devices including iPhone and iPad. You can automatically adjust the output power to deliver optimal charging current, all while preventing your devices from overcharging or short circuiting. Ideal choice for hiking, camping trips or other outdoor activities.

Features:

  • Compatible with iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max/XS Max/XR/XS/X/8/8Plus/Samsung Galaxy S10/S9/S9+/S8/Note 9 and all qi-enabled devices. Built-in 2 USB output and 1 Type-C output, allowing a safe charge for 4 electronic devices simultaneously.
  • Dual input port (Type-C and Micro USB) enables to fully charge itself around 6-8 hours with the high-speed. The solar panel could absorb light and transfer into electricity. Note: Solar charging is for emergency use, not primary charging source. It is highly recommend you fully charge via wall charger upon first use.
  • Contains a bright flashlight with 3 modes (Steady-SOS-Strobe). The out case is made from durable ABS + PC material better protect battery from water, dust, crashes or drops. Awesome for outside activities such as camping, hiking, traveling and other emergency use.
  • Handy compact solar charger. With the free carabiner included, you can easily hang on backpacks and is hands-free

 

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Waterproof LED Flashlight with Hand Crank and Solar Charging
Waterproof LED Flashlight with Hand Crank and Solar Charging
Waterproof LED Flashlight with Hand Crank and Solar Charging
Waterproof LED Flashlight with Hand Crank and Solar Charging
Waterproof LED Flashlight with Hand Crank and Solar Charging
Waterproof LED Flashlight with Hand Crank and Solar Charging
Waterproof LED Flashlight with Hand Crank and Solar Charging
Waterproof LED Flashlight with Hand Crank and Solar Charging
Waterproof LED Flashlight with Hand Crank and Solar Charging
Waterproof LED Flashlight with Hand Crank and Solar Charging

Waterproof LED Flashlight with Hand Crank and Solar Charging

$18.96

This LED flashlight is the perfect companion in any emergency situation, power outage or anytime you need light. Lasts up to 4 hours and provides timely illumination without the necessity of external batteries. 

Features:

  • High efficiency energy conversion cranking flashlight: Just 1 minute of cranking will generate enough power for 1 hour of use
  • IPX6 waterproof and submersible up to 45 feet
  • Equipped with a high quality LED bulb. Put it in the sun or wind it up to recharge
  • ThorFire will provide customers with one year after-sales service

 

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Jackery Portable Power Station Generator
Jackery Portable Power Station Generator
Jackery Portable Power Station Generator
Jackery Portable Power Station Generator
Jackery Portable Power Station Generator
Jackery Portable Power Station Generator
Jackery Portable Power Station Generator
Jackery Portable Power Station Generator
Jackery Portable Power Station Generator
Jackery Portable Power Station Generator

Jackery Portable Power Station Generator

$249.99

 

Whether used as a camping generator in the country, or emergency power supply during an outage in the city, this all-in-one power station has you covered. Explorer 240 can power a 40W CPAP machine for up to 5 hours. With the optional 50W Solar Panel attachment (sold separately or bundled), you can leave your portable power generator to charge with the sun and come back to a full battery you can use day or night. The sleek and powerful portable solar panel folds open and plugs directly into the Explorer's DC Input, collecting energy to keep you connected. Both the 50W Solar Panel and the Explorer 240 are covered by a 2-year limited warranty.

Specifications:

  • Jackery Explorer 240 is equipped with a 240 watt-hour (16.8Ah, 14.4V) lithium-ion battery pack, no fuel or gasoline needed, no fumes, no clanging! Pack light for your next camp trip with Jackery portable power station.
  • Portable power station specially designed for charging laptops, mini-cooler, drone and other outdoor electronics. Explorer 240 features 1* AC outlet (110V 200W 400W Peak), 2* USB-A ports and 1* DC car port, power your outdoor adventure without worry.
  • Pairs well with Jackery Solar Saga 60W/100W (sold separately), easily get recharged with the efficient solar panel. Pure sine wave inverter portable power station, protect your sensitive devices; Jackery Portable power station with solid handle, easy to carry wherever you go.
  • You will receive 1 Jackery Explorer 240 Portable Power Station (240Wh Portable Power Station), 1 AC Adapter, 1 car charger cable, and user guide.

 

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#5. Know your risk and have fun preparing for it!

If you haven’t already dabbled with what reimagined readiness looks like, download the harbor app, spend just a few minutes a day with us, and you’ll be plenty of steps ahead of most Americans.


When the world stops, You propel us forward.

At harbor, we’ve set out to reimagine readiness and make preparing for uncertainty as normal as brushing your teeth. Easy. Normal. Every day. Maybe it even feels good. And we’ll continue to be your readiness best friend as preparing for uncertainty becomes more and more normalized.

No matter what happens during the course of a year, what makes us feel good is seeing you grow. FEMA‘s annual National Household Survey found that 68% of adults have pursued three or more of the six basic preparedness actions— a 6% increase from 2019!
Even more exciting? Thousands of you have downloaded our app to embark on or simply continue your readiness journey. That’s pretty frickin’ amazing.

With that, we’ll leave you with this:

no matter what, don’t worry, be ready.