Every time cable TV lingers on the latest natural disaster, you promise yourself you will put together a doomsday kit for that earthquake, flood, hurricane, tornado blackout headed your way.
Ready Freddy knows you're never going to get around to it, so the company has stuffed and brilliantly organized an emergency knapsack that includes everything you'll need to hang on until help arrives. Color-coded pouches include items such as food and water, radios, whistles, tools and playing cards. Wouldn't hurt to have Freddy in the car as well.
Wall Street Journal - October 26th 2006
Ready Freddy LLC has a survival backpack for home or car, filled with items including a shake-operated flashlight, a crank-operated cellphone charger with seven adapters, a crank-operated radio and lantern, waterproof matches, a multifunction tool, plastic sheeting to cover broken windows, and three days’ worth of food and water for one person
Los Angeles Times- February 11th 2007
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True to its name, the Ready Freddy Emergency/Survival Pack is stocked with aids for a plethora of emergencies: minor injuries, power outages, vehicle breakdowns, bad weather, even boredom. (There's a deck of cards.) Housed inside a red knapsack are five color-coded zippered nylon bags devoted to light/power/communication, first aid, protection, personal items and tools/supplies/food/water. The flashlight charges by shaking; the radio and cellphone charger work by cranking. Sealed foil packets contain food and water rations, and a variety of bandages and ointments can be used to treat small burns and wounds. You'll need to add your own aspirin, antihistamines or other emergency meds. The kit weighs about 13 pounds, so you're unlikely to take this backpacking. But you may be grateful to have it in your car.
Motor Trend - July 2005
Be prepared for roadside emergencies with the new Ready Freddy Emergency Preparedness Kit. Each backpack includes handy color-coded pouches and features lights and radio that work without batteries.
MSNBC - September 2006
"Are you Ready?" asks the FEMA publication that comes with the emergency kit, packaged in a bright red backpack. Even if you’ve stacked up cans of tune and bottles of water in the kitchen the answer is: probably not. Well, now there’s and easy solution. The name is corny but Ready Freddy may get you on the right track.
Cleverly, the contents are divided into different colored zippered pouches for easy access. The hunter green pouch labeled light-power-communications contains a cell phone charge, a flashlight, a hand-cranked radio/lantern, a wax whistle, emergency blankets and more. There’s a First Aid kit in a red pouch. A black bag, marked personal, holds a notepad, pen, playing cards and a container for prescription medicines and also has room for other survival-mode items, such as eyeglasses and maybe a copy of War and Peace.
AAA New York Car & Travel - December 2006
Prepared for the Worst
Hurricane Katrina brought to the nation’s attention that the fact that government could not be depended on in a disaster for all in need. The TV news footage of long streams of cars filled with evacuees fleeing the Gulf Cast attested to the importance of the family vehicle as a lifeboat in such situations. Since then, the media have focused on individual disaster preparedness. But how many of us actually have plans in place? Probably not a lot. Here is one product that will quickly put you in survival mode.
All the items needed to survive away from home during a brief period of privation are in this handy backpack. There are five separate bags in the pack. The one labeled “Light-Power-Communications” includes a self –powered flashlight, as cell phone charger and a radio/lantern powered by a hand crank, along with a candle and waterproof matches. Another bag holds multi-function tools—even one to shut off the gas in your house, freeze-dried emergency food and water supplies. Other bags labeled “Personal”, “Protection” and “First Aid” include plastic sheeting to seal windows and doors, blankets, a whistle, waste bags, and 84 –item first –aid kit with everything from bandages to finger splits, gloves and even a deck of playing cards. The manufacture recommends changing some of the perishable items if the kit (hopefully) sits around for more than a year.
Chicago Tribune - November 2006
Ready Freddy is a survival/emergency supply pack to assist in serious roadside emergencies—flood, quake or tsunami—not just the annoying flat tire or empty tank of gas. The pack about the size of a small suitcase, contains rope, emergency rations/water, tape, first-aid kit, hand-crank cell phone charger, hand-crank radio and shake-to-charge flashlight. No life raft.
The Parent Guide - November/December 2006
This smart backpack is filled with everything you could possibly imagine to prepare for an emergency. The Ready Freddy comes with first aid supplies, food and water, power and lighting tools, and communications devices, to name just a few of the items
The Plain Dealer - February 2007
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SAFE AND SOUND:
The Ready Freddy Emergency/Survival Pack is stocked with lot of aids for emergencies, from power outages to minor injuries, vehicle breakdowns, bad weather and even boredom (there's a deck of cards).
Housed inside a 19- by 13- by 8-inch red knapsack are five color-coded zippered nylon bags labeled as Light/Power/Communication; First Aid; Protection, Personal, and Tools/Supplies/ Food/Water. The included flashlight charges via shaking, the radio and cellphone charger work via cranking. (The cellphone charger will not charge a totally dead battery, however, and the included adapters are not compatible with all cellphones, so check ahead).
Sealed foil packets contain food and water rations; a variety of bandages and ointments to treat small burns and wounds; a 12-function multitool will be useful for repairs; and two hooded ponchos will keep you dry. This is not a general medical kit, though. No pills are supplied, so you'll need to add your own aspirin, antihistamines or other emergency medicines.
Because the knapsack weighs about 13 pounds, you’re unlikely to backpack with it, but you may be grateful to have it in your car.
Edmunds.com - November 2006
For Car or Home, Being Prepared Was Never So Easy Like many women, I'm the one in my family that plans the vacations, coordinates the kids' schedules, plans for retirement, etc. "Be prepared" is something of a personal mantra. You'd think that, since I live in the land that awaits the "Big One," I'd have my emergency preparedness kit all ready, right? Far from it. Life "gets in the way," and assembling all the necessities takes so much time, that I just haven't gotten around to it. Here to rescue me (and you) is possibly the best thought out and most organized emergency preparedness kit on the market.
The Ready Freddy Emergency Preparedness Kit has a unique claim to fame: None of its components require batteries. The included flashlight, radio, and cell phone charger (yes!) are always ready for action. You never have to worry about what type of battery to use or if the batteries are dead (which, of course, they would be when you need them.) The cell phone charger even has adapters for all major type of cell phones. The kit, which comes in a backpack, has separate mini-kits for all the important essentials should any type of emergency strike. Food, water, first aid, tools, etc.
The kit has water and food to sustain one person for three days (or three people for one day), but you can customize your kit with additional packets (the food is even kosher). The 100+ items included in the kit would retail for more than $300 if you put them together yourself (seriously), but the kit retails for $149. That may sound steep at first, but the light/phone/communication package alone is worth quite a lot.
This kit is great to have both in the car and the home. In the car, of course, you'll also want additional items such as jumper cables, a tire pressure gauge, and flares. I love products that make life easier and save me time. It solves the problem of "getting around to it." For me, at least, it's peace of mind in a backpack.