This nifty product, and ones like it, will allow you to record a message up to 30 seconds long. You can record a new message over the old one or disable the rerecord feature to make your message permanent. One of the problems that evacuees experienced going to the places like the Superdome was that they were not allowed to keep their medications. Sounds silly, but it just shows how you need to be prepared for emergencies. You can use this Emergency Recordable Bag (ERB) to make a list of the medications that your children, partner, or parents are taking, as well as contact information in case you get separated as happened with Katrina. This way, if your loved one is relocated to another shelter, medical personnel have the kind of information they need to treat urgent medical conditions. You could also write this information down, but redundancy is a good thing, especially in an emergency.
You could also use the ERB when you take small children out in large gatherings. Sometimes, they get separated from you. The ERB would contain your contact information in case of such an event or another emergency. If your child is of age, teach the child to play back the recording. The slide out battery compartment of The Speakin' Up recorder makes changing the battery a snap. The device was originally designed for scrapbookers to store audio memories.
This is a useful product because it provides a means of communicating messages to and about loved ones who may need help during an emergency.
old t-shirt (I chose red)
a long shoe string
Speakin' Up Recorder (or similar device)
Re-sealable waterproof plastic bag
My Etsy listing for the finished ERB is at: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=6328129
Step 1: Cut the Sleeve Off on an Old T-shirt
Step 2: Sew the Sleeve Bottom
Some important tips to keep in mind if you are new to sewing:
Always backstitch at the beginning and end of your seam. Backstitching is simply going a few stitches forward and a few stitches backward. This will lock your stitching in place so that it will not unravel when you wash the ERB.
Always remove the pins as you approach them while sewing. Sewing over pins can break your sewing needle. - Not a good idea.
Hold the material at the top and bottom as you guide the sleeve forward. This will help you keep it straight.
Step 3: Add a Hem to the Top of the Bag
Step 4: Sew Hem at Top of the Bag
Step 5: Get the Audio Recorder Ready
The company is working to create a recorder with longer recording times. This one will do for short messages.
Oh, and if you want to spruce it up - you can paint and/or write on the front of the recorder. It has acid free paper on it so you can embellish with paints, inks, or stamps if desired.