Big Bolts Safe Giveaway – Septmber is National Preparedness Month

Are you prepared for a disaster? Most would say no. What would you do if your house burned down? What if there was a massive flood like in New Orleans? What if your city was bombed with biological warfare and you could not leave your home? What would you do? How would you survive?

That is what National Preparedness Month is all about…being prepared to survive a disaster!

Do we have a plan? No not really. 🙂 We have a stash of canned food and some other non perishable items, but they wouldn’t last long. Maybe a week if we rationed them out.

Some people go to extremes and have bunkers in their backyard with many years worth of food and equipment to grow their food underground, but that is a bit much for most people.

First you need to prepare the essentials:

  • Food – Non perishable items such as canned foods
  • Water – Have a few gallons of water tucked away
  • Warmth – blankets, hats/coats/gloves, and extra clothing

Next you should prepare the things that will help you survive once your needs are met:

  • Flashlight w/ extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Medication
  • Personal Hygiene items
  • Extra cash
  • Baby supplies – Diapers/wipes/formula
  • Can opener
  • Multi-purpose tool w/ knife
  • Matches
  • Duct Tape
  • Scissors

Are you prepared?

Sentry Safe is working hard to make sure your important belongings are kept safe in the result of a disaster. They have many varieties of safes for many different situations. They sent me two safes to review and give away on DadThing to help promote Disaster Preparedness Month. We will give away one on 8/27 and then another in October.

This months give away is the Sentry Safe Big Bolts Safe…

This safe is meant to keep your stuff secure from fire (can withstand 1700 degrees for 1 hour), water, and prying fingers. It has a combination lock and the door is securely held shut by four massive bolts.

Inside there are adjustable shelves and the door has key hooks and a few pockets for your smaller valuables.

This thing is a tank! The walls are close to 3 inches thick. I thought about seeing what it would take to break into this thing and when I opened the box I realized I do not have the equipment or fire power it would take to crack this thing open! This safe is built tough and it makes me feel good knowing that my most valuable possessions are safely tucked away inside and will survive a disaster if one arises.

So, thanks to Sentry Safe I am on my way to becoming more prepared. At least my valuables will be safe!

The Give Away!

The give away is an easy one. Simply leave a comment down below and list something that you have (or would put) in your Disaster Preparedness Kit that I did not mention above.

I will keep the give away open through August 31st and announce a winner on September 1st. The winner will be drawn at random from a pool of other participants.

So what are you waiting for? Leave your comment below to enter to win a Sentry Safe Big Bolts Safe valued at almost $300!

Disclaimer: Sentry Safe sent me this safe for free to review and give away on However the opinions expressed here are my own.


  1. Amber says:

    Ummmm, if I could find a way to keep a pack of cigarettes fresh, those puppies would be locked in a safe. Perhaps some nicotine patches or gum because no natural disaster could hold a candle to the piss fit I would throw after a couple of hours locked in close quarters with no smokey treats 🙂

  2. Ashley says:

    I honestly would have to have a photo of my family. If I could look at it through whatever disaster I may be faced with I know I could get through anything. My family is what gives me the strength to go forward everyday. Everything I do is for them. Thank you for the chance to answer this.

  3. Shelly says:

    Wow, what a great safe! I would also include copies of drivers’ licenses, social security cards and some dog food for our pooch.

    Thanks for the chance!

  4. Mike Lotz says:

    I would keep copies of my hard drives in it 🙂 Great blog Jared!

    • Jared says:

      I don’t have extra hard drives to make back ups on, but I am planning on putting everything on DVDs and throwing in the safe. Just worries me that hard drives and DVDs may eventually be obsolete like the old floppy disks. I guess we just have to keep backing up on the newest media… 🙂

  5. Jurate says:

    I would put two more things in my safe: backup copy of my 2tb hard drive photos/videos and a gun 🙂

  6. Gordy Kenmuir says:

    Ha I thought I would be unusual saying I would put my back up HDD in there saving all of the pictures of my kids that Have taken over the years, their locks of hair, first teeth, etc..besides the obvious of cards and passports and stuff…personal keepsakes for sure.

    If there was enough room, I would add a camera to catch records of the aftermath, a little photo journalism.

  7. Kirby hsu says:

    Gun, passports, jewelry, gold coins, seeds, water purifier.

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  9. Sam says:

    I would keep some paracord, tazer, ammo, and some ice cream. I love ice cream.

  10. Tyson says:

    I would keep seeds to regrow my food sources in it.