I Tested This Oprah-Approved Emergency Kit — and It Really Is Worth Every Penny
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More than 60 percent of Americans have no emergency plan. Yet with natural disasters happening more frequently, and with bigger impact, having a plan is paramount. Our current public health crisis — in which the entire nation is under a prolonged state of emergency while the coronavirus continues to spread — served as a wake-up call for my family. We can no longer assume everything is simply going to be OK: we need to take action to make sure it will be.
Judy does more than sell ready-made first-aid bags. It arms you with actionable next steps to be prepared for any disaster.
Enter Judy. The bright-orange emergency-preparedness company launched just two weeks before the current pandemic made its way to the US, and it offers customized kits for whatever your personal needs are (do you want a waterproof bag you can grab in an evacuation or a fully loaded safe you can hunker down with at home?), whatever your family size is (are you solo, do you have a partner, or are you a family of four?), and whatever your likely disaster scenario will be (are you in a region with earthquakes or tornados or flash floods?).
I, for one, opted for the comprehensive Judy Safe ($250), and although a wave of calm washed over me when it arrived at my doorstep, I haven't had to crack it open yet. Surprisingly, though, I've already put it to good use.
That's because Judy — the first digitally connected emergency kit — does more than sell ready-made first-aid bags. The brand — which was just named one of Oprah Winfrey's favorite things for the 2020 holiday season — arms you with actionable next steps to be prepared and offers real-time information, for free, whether you've bought one of its products or not.