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Online Emergency Preparedness Store Gives Away Preparedness Supplies Free

I got extended storage items for the peace of mind in an emergency.

The Ready Store (, leading nationwide online retailer of food storage and emergency preparedness supplies has been sponsoring weekly giveaways of its products through their blog. So far, The Ready Store has given away hundreds of dollars worth of products that give people peace of mind in the face of uncertainty about their employment or potential natural or man-made disasters. Products The Ready Store has given away include a 72-hour kit, a two week supply of freeze-dried food, a case of self-heating MREs, and a solar-powered dynamo survival radio. This week they are giving away an MSR Miniworks EX Microfilter. You never know what they will give away next.

With all the natural disasters on the news and other emergencies that are never-ending, these giveaways are intended to help people become more prepared so they have peace of mind when a disaster or emergency strikes. These giveaways, found on The Ready Store's blog at, give out products designed to help people survive and be comfortable during times of disaster and emergency. In order to receive a chance to win, the blog's readers have to comment on the posts that explain the contest each week.

"The products we're giving away are all valuable items and in high demand," said Jeff Davis, President, The Ready Store, "We're trying to get everyone pumped up about readiness through these contests. We really believe that everyone in this country should have an emergency plan and have supplies to provide for their families, even if they don't buy it from us. We're very passionate about getting America ready, for whatever comes their way."

Each blog entry features a description of that week's prize, along with more specific directions for people to follow in order to be entered into the giveaway. These requirements range from responding to the contest blog post with their first and last name, to writing a more thought-provoking comment, or submitting that same comment to a social networking site like Facebook or Digg.

Requirements for extra entries (and therefore a higher chance of winning) have also included writing a personal blog post with a link back to The Ready Store's blog, starting a "ReadyParty" (inviting friends and family to The Ready Store to earn discounts), entering a picture and testimonial, and joining or getting a friend to join the ReadyNation (a group on focused on preparing for emergencies or disasters).

Each contest has asked that people comment on some kind of emergency preparedness topic. During the self-heating MREs giveaway, for example, people were asked to respond to the blog post with a comment about alternative energy sources in case of disasters. This week the prompt was, "How I Use My Food Storage."

Some of the comments on this week's topic were succinct, like the comment left by Joe A., who wrote, "I got extended storage items for the peace of mind in an emergency."

Others left lengthier comments, and some even told stories or made suggestions. Stephanie Bradshaw wrote about how she and her family try many different kinds of food storage when they travel to Lake Powell, and that it allowed them to discover what kinds of food storage were better for her family to keep long-term. Laurie wrote that she and her family use their food storage on a daily basis by adding it to food they are cooking or, like in the case of freeze-dried fruits, "[eating them] right out of the can."

In the company's online bio, Davis wrote that at The Ready Store, they focus on the "Big Three: Great Products, Unbeatable Prices, and Service that is second to none." The Ready Store prides itself in focusing on quality rather than quantity so their customers can be certain that they are getting the best value for their money.    

"We know that the economy's tight right now and the goal of these contests is basically to raise awareness and to help people get ready for emergencies. We figure if we give some stuff away and it helps people start to get ready, its a win-win situation." said Davis.

The Ready Store is a firm based in Bluffdale Utah and was founded in 2004. They operate nationwide with over 1,000,000 vacuums presently in use. The Ready Store currently employs about 20 people in the emergency preparedness supplies industry. The Ready Store manufactures traditional dehydrated and freeze-dried food storage under the Saratoga Farms Brand and retails other prominent food storage brands such as Mountain House. The Ready Store also retails a comprehensive variety of emergency preparedness supplies such as MREs, food bars, emergency kits, first aid, water storage, emergency cooking supplies, and emergency lighting and communication. They can be reached by mail at 14557 S 790 W, Bluffdale, Utah 84065, by phone at 1 (800) 773-5331.

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