Fast Forward: Prepared For The Worst - How Promo Can Help
Hurricane Ian devastated the Florida Gulf Coast in September. Several PPAI member companies were affected, such as Sallee Promotions, a distributor located in the Fort Myers area that took the brunt of the storm. Fortunately, all their employees are safe and accounted for, and power at the company’s headquarters was restored within a few days.
Promo companies are no stranger to helping out after a disaster hits. Houston-based supplier Hirsch has collected and donated recovery supplies following multiple storms, including Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Hurricane Ida in 2021. Hanes Brands donated more than 225,000 pairs of underwear to assist Hurricane Dorian victims in the Bahamas and coastal North Carolina in 2019.
Donations to the American Red Cross, World Central Kitchen and other similar organizations are a great way to help after the fact – but promo products can also play an important role in helping people prepare ahead of a disaster. Many of the items on the Ready.gov list of must-have items for a disaster preparedness kit – beyond enough non-perishable food and water to last for several days – can be branded for thoughtful giveaways.
Recipients can depend on the 2000 mAh AM/FM NOAA Radio With Cellphone Charger & Flashlight for current information during an emergency. One minute of hand-cranking supports five minutes of radio play time, five minutes of cellphone talk time and 30 minutes of continuous torch light. This lightweight radio fits in the palm of your hand and comes in six colors (red shown).
Nolwenn / PPAI 747582, S3 / www.nolwn.com
Almost half of Americans do not have first aid kits, according to the CDC. This brandable Platinum First Aid Kit includes a variety of bandages, gloves, antiseptic wipes, antiseptic spray, antibiotic ointment, scissors, gauze, an instant cold pack and more. Display your logo, brand name or custom message, printable in up to three spot colors, on the durable carrying case available in red (shown), blue or black.
Safety Made / PPAI 713525, S1 / www.safetymade.com
The Coleman 200 Lumens Mini LED Lantern With BatteryGuard provides up to 15 hours of run time on four AA batteries (not included). This compact lantern features simple on/off button operation, BatteryGuard technology to preserve battery life and reduce corrosion, lifetime LED bulbs that never need replacing, and water and impact resistance.
IMAGEN Brands / PPAI 114197, S10 / www.IMAGENBrands.com
Use this extra-bright COB Light With Safety Whistle to signal for help. Simply blow the whistle or push the button to turn the light on/off and change settings between high beam and flashing. Button cell battery included. Available in seven colors (orange shown).
Hit Promotional Products / PPAI 113910, S13 / www.hitpromo.net