Homestand Preparation Station offers disaster preparedness items

From a gadget that can generate enough electricity to charge a cellphone by boiling a pot of water, to emergency radios and first-aid kits, a new disaster preparedness store aims to help Oklahomans get ready for the zombie apocalypse — or perhaps just the next tornado warning.
by Brianna Bailey Modified: March 20, 2014 at 9:00 am •  Published: March 19, 2014

From a gadget that can generate enough electricity to charge a cellphone by boiling a pot of water, to emergency radios and first-aid kits, a new disaster-preparedness store aims to help Oklahomans get ready for the zombie apocalypse — or perhaps just the next tornado warning.

Homestand Preparation Station opened this week at NW 63 and N May. The 2,384-square-foot shop carries survival kits and other tools to help people get ready for the next major natural disaster or more common “everyday emergencies,” said Scott Harper, Homestand general manager.

“You can buy a lot of these products at different stores, but we wanted to be a one-stop shop for everything you need to ready yourself and your home,” Harper said.

Homestand was founded by a group of local investors in the wake of the spate of tornadoes that hit the state in May 2013. The shop also will offer workshops to educate the public on emergency preparedness.

The store will host its first free classes at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday with disaster preparedness expert Mark A. Smith, from Southern Plains Consulting.

If the Oklahoma City store is successful, Homestand hopes to open additional stores throughout Tornado Alley, Harper said.

At Homestand, shoppers can find water purification and storage kits, including one that turns any normal bathtub into a storage container for fresh water; an emergency light with a rechargeable solar battery; fire-starting kits and other emergency tools.


by Brianna Bailey
Business Writer
Brianna Bailey has lived in Idaho, Germany and Southern California, but Oklahoma is her adopted home. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the Univerisity of Oklahoma and has worked at several newspapers in Oklahoma and Southern...
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