Home Preparedness Seminar With The Home Depot

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Home Preparedness Seminar With The Home Depot

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot.


Last October, Hurricane Sandy surprised all of us.

Me Especially!

I have lived in NYC my entire life and have never ever seen a storm so strong. My family like most heeded on the warnings, had tons of batteries, water and non perishable food just in case. What we didn’t expect was seeing (and hearing) the sidings of our neighbors’ house smash against the cars in the street. Or being one 3 blocks away from completely flooded basements. Or subways that were taken out of service for months because the water level was as high as the ceiling.

I hope NYC never has to deal with that again, but the past two years have shown us different. Between Irene in 2011 and Sandy in 2012 we need to be prepared for what may happen in 2013. It has been a crazy weather year already with a super late start to the summer, extreme hot temperatures, then fall like weather a week later. We need to be prepared for whatever is in store for us this year!

On Saturday June 27th, 2013 The Home Depot held a Home Preparedness Seminar nationally that gave local communities information about being prepared for the storm BEFORE storm season actually hits! I certainly know that I am guilty of running out the night before to Home Depot to purchase and insane amount of batteries, rope, and anything else that I might need to protect my home.



This seminar educated local communities about getting ready now instead of minutes before the storm hits. Also, its great to have everything you need year round so that you don’t have to deal with the long lines of crazy hysteria ridden customers right before a storm hits.

Kinda like this flashlight that can handle having a WHOLE TRUCK driven over it, and still work! crazy!

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The event had extremely beautiful weather and when I arrived I was introduced to the friendliest Home Depot Staff I have ever met. You guys know I am a sucker for good customer service!

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I was able to chat with the representatives from FEMA and the representatives from READY New York. There was also a really great selection of products from The Home Depot that should be included in your Home Preparedness Kit.





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Plus there was food! Pizza, Hot Dogs, Popcorn and Water was provided free to the public.


Chatting with the FEMA Representative and there was a few items that she thought was mandatory for storm prep:

  • Weather Radio (with both batteries and an electric charge)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Batteries (all sizes)
  • Evacuation Plan (including having one person out-of-state that you designate to be your contact in case you are caught in a disaster area and your family is worried about you)
  • If you are in a low-lying area, flood insurance is strongly recommended







There were tons of materials available for seminar attendees as well super knowledgeable hosts. It was truly a fantastic event and I am so happy I was able to learn more about Home Preparedness!

The Home Depot prides itself on providing their customers with the knowledge and supplies that they need to keep their families safe during the hurricane season. Through free educational seminars and ensuring that stores are well stocked with hurricane essentials when the need arises, The Home Depot is there for you and for your family during the hurricane season.

To get connected with our local The Home Depot store, visit their Facebook fan page here.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot.

Do you live in a flood zone? or a Storm Prone area? Do you have all you need in your home case a major storm hits?



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Schnelle "Nellie" Acevedo is a busy mom of two young boys (3 and 6), she is an Account Manager by day and a self proclaimed fitness junkie by night. Brooklyn Active Mama is a body positive community that focuses on demonstrating to all women that you can always find time for fitness. A recent running addict, Nellie has completed 7 Half Marathons and is currently training for the New York City Marathon on 11/1/2015. Nellie also is a co-founder of the annual A Healthy U Conference which is a conference dedicated to helping women improve their mental, spiritual and physical health. Nellie is a licensed Zumba instructor in Brooklyn. You can find Nellie on TwitterInstagramFacebookPinterest, PeriscopeGoogle Plus.

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  1. I live on the east coast of Florida. Need I say more? For about 12 years, I moved around between Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and the Boca areas, so I was right in the heart of hurricane country. I think we were hit with at least one serious storm every year but one or two, and the damage varied from minor flooding and inconvenience to two weeks of no power/three days no water (we were slammed with Katrina and Wilma in one year). Fortunately, we never sustained any property damage, but the storms were scary and stressful all the same.

    So, even though I am farther away from the biggest hotspot, we tend to be prepared for hurricane season: generator, extra water, batteries, flashlight, weather radio, first aid kit, etc. It’s an easy thing to stock up on extra food supplies and necessities to have on hand for the time from June 1 through October 31 (you can just use them up at the end of season and replace them the following year), and the peace of mind is invaluable.

    Sandy was an awful, awful storm, and resulted in so much tragedy. I’m glad that Home Depot is helping raise awareness and make it easier for people in your area to prepare, just in case another horrible storm comes your way.
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    • Yes I am so happy that you are prepared so thoroughly. I didn’t think about the food aspect, stocking up now is such a great idea.

  2. That’s really cool. I don’t have any of the items they say you should have. We need to get our act together. The time to plan for a disaster is well before you’re faced with it! (and who doesn’t want a flashlight that can be run over and still work!!) –Lisa
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  3. this new CALIFORNIAN needs to get a QUAKE preparedness kit
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  4. This is great info. I think GA needs something like this but they don’t seem to concerned down here for bad weather. I remember living through a couple of storms in SC especially when you are on that coast its great info to know.
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  5. I can be the FIRST to be admit that if a storm hit today…I would NOT be READY! This is a great event, and I hope one comes to my area! I definitely have to get better at being prepared. As I was reading your post, I was hoping you posted a list and you did, so now I have starting point! LOL!
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  6. That workshop is so good! Glen and I were one of those couples that ran out and stole the last generator at Home Depot right before Sandy at 11pm. It looks like this may be the new trend in NYC, so we all need to make sure we have an ample stash.
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  7. We live in tornado area. I have everything that we need in the basement. I also have strict rules for my boys that I’m responsible for Jeffrey. I don’t want something to happen to them because they are trying to save the family pet. I do like the out of state contact. I should set that up.
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  8. What a great event! I’m proud to say I own a solar powered radio. It also has a hand-crank power feature. Ya know, in case the sun explodes and cannot give power. But why did you not mention the free food in the beginning of the post? Your priorities are all wrong, my sistah.
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  9. I used to only worry about Florida, where my grandparents used to live. After my grandfather passed away last summer, my grandmother moved up here – and got hit worse by Sandy than she’d ever experienced in what we thought was much worse. It still takes my breath away that it happened to my old home towns of NY/NJ. I love that this seminar happened! Knowledge is power!
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  10. Good stuff Nellie! We had a major flood in 93, yes I know it was 20 years ago but if affected this town like non other. I’m always grateful for info of this nature. You were super cute for the event btw!
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    • Wow I can imagine you guys would never forget that. Trust me I get it. Thank boo you know I gotta stay fly y yy yyy yyyyyy LOL!

  11. We’re native NYers living in Colorado now and we were really worried about family and friends when Sandy came through. Happy that everyone was ok. It’s great that Home Depot did this. We need to be educated and prepared. Thanks for the post.
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  12. I used to work in Emergency Preparedness/Homeland Security, and I have to say, this is really impressive! We were always trying to find creative ways to engage the community and make people understand how important it is to be prepared. I’m really glad to see Home Depot and FEMA doing this type of event, and even more happy to see bloggers covering it!
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    • Can I tell you that its a secret dream of mine to work for FEMA or something along those lines? How cool that you worked there!

  13. Oooh, Home Depot needs to have one of those in my neck of the woods. Although, instead of hurricane prepparedness it would be Tornado prepping.
    I’ll have to see about bringing that up to a friend of mine who does marketing for them here. Thanks for the idea!

  14. Great event. We do have a weather radio and first aid kit. It’s hard to keep batteries with the little one and all of his gadgets. I need to stock up.
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  15. That is one awesome flashlight…I would love to have one of those! We need to put together an emergency kit. Better to be safe than sorry!
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