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Made in America: Renewing our Promise to the American Worker

Labor Day is a time of picnics and celebration; remembrance and gratitude.  Living in the US we have so much to be thankful for, and sometimes it can be all too easy to take things for granted.  One thing we can never forget though is the American spirit.  It binds us together, giving us the strength to overcome the trials our country has had to face.

Born out of the Depression, SentrySafe was established in 1930.  Money, hope and spirit were scarce then, but the resilience of the American people saw us through those harsh economic times.  It’s a history SentrySafe is proud to have been a part of.  We struggled beside other manufacturers and came out with an American workforce as strong as the steel we use to make our safes.

Times are once again uncertain for the American manufacturer.  As cheaper goods from outside the US threaten the integrity of the US manufacturer, the American workforce once again finds itself looking for steady work.  We’ve watched jobs dwindle and corporate giants fall, but we believe that hope once again lies within the hearts of the American people. By coming together and supporting each other, the American workforce can once again rise stronger than anyone ever thought possible.

SentrySafe renewed our promise to help support US jobs when we closed our plant in Shanghai, China last year.  And we continue to look for more ways to expand our US manufacturing facilities and grow our local workforce.  This Labor Day we’re asking you to renew your promise as well.

Help support our American workforce.  Just by looking for American made products for the goods you buy every day, you can help grow and strengthen our great nation’s workforce, making it easier for local companies like ours to bring jobs home to the US.  We know it’s not always the cheapest and easiest option, but together, we can overcome these economic hurdles and support a strong, independent American workforce.

Safe in a Fire Live Burn: Win up to $1000!

Summer is in the air and you know what that means right?? Time for a SentrySafe Live Burn!  Watch as we put cash into one of our fire-resistant safes and put it in a furnace where it will reach temperatures of over 1500˚F.  When we take the safe out of the fire we’ll drop it from 15 ft in the air, simulating what might happen during the event of house fire.

We’ll be streaming the event live from the SentrySafe website on August 1st, 2013 11 AM EST.  But don’t just watch, hop on Twitter and follow the action using hashtag #safeinafire!   Not only will you have the opportunity to ask questions, but you could win up to a $1000!

Visit http://www.sentrysafe.com/safe_in_a_fire_6 for more details!

What do you keep safe?

SentrySafe offers a wide variety products to keep your important items protected from fire, flood and theft.  It’s a place to keep important documents, valuable memories and keepsakes protected and organized.  And even though I work here, I recently had a personal reminder of what that meant.  Two weeks away from our wedding, my fiancé and I were tearing apart the house looking for his birth certificate.  We recently purchased our home safe, but hadn’t quite gotten it out of the box yet.  It was a crazy moment, and we feared we wouldn’t be able to get a marriage license in time for our wedding.  Thankfully we found it!   As soon as it was discovered hidden under a depth of unimportant papers, I knew exactly where to put it next.  Now our Fire-Resistant Safe is full with important documents and photos!

But it got me thinking, what do my fellow employees keep safe?

“I started working at Sentry in August of 1985 in Customer Service, I quickly learned the value of Sentry safes with the testimonial letters and photos we would receive. I think to me among the most precious items that I store in my Sentry safe are our wedding photos proof book, the negatives from the photos through the years and most recently a digital copy of our photos.”  -Ellie Kelly, Sales Administration Manager

“I keep our wedding videos, and the photos of the birth of our 2 boys in our safe at home.  In the end everything is replaceable except our past’s most important memories..” – Anthony DeSalvo, Web Development Manager

“Art has been a lifelong passion of mine and I always have a little sketchbook with me. Over time I have filled several books with sketches of the places I have been and people I have met. They have become as much journals as sketchbooks with each drawing reminding me of a moment in time. I would hate for anything to happen to them so i keep them in a Guardian storage box.”  Josh Coon, Senior Brand Manager

“I would want to store my children’s pictures and my memory box in a SentrySafe.  My memory box contains special pictures of my father and Michael Jackson memorabilia.  Both MJ and my father died within three months of each other and it would mean a great deal to me if these items were preserved.”  -Veronica Dasher, Customer Service Supervisor

“One thing I would want to keep protected in my safe would be all of my son’s artwork.  His time, hard work and effort to create this art, in addition to all my important documents, are priceless to me.” –Joanne Straub, Marketing Production Manager

 

But now we want to know? What do you keep safe? 

Submit a photo to the SentrySafe Is it Safe? Facebook Contest by June 20th, 2013 for your chance to win $500!  Visit https://apps.facebook.com/ss_is_it_safe/ for more details! 

The Strength to Begin Again

We don’t  like to think about it, but a disaster can happen to any one of us.  It did for the McDermott family.  When Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast, it left a path of destruction in its wake.  In Breezy Point, NY the McDermott home was one of over 100 that were completely destroyed.  As Rosemary McDermott searched the debris, she looked for something that would bring her mother comfort at such a hard time.  It was then they came across a charred box.  And inside “something salvageable out of absolutely nothing.”

Inside the SentrySafe file was Rosemary’s family genealogy, a project her mother had taken years of care to complete.  And she knew when she had found something that would make her mother so happy that something could be saved from their former life.

It’s a promise we make with every safe we sell.  That should the worst happen, you’ll have what you need to get through it.  Whether it’s documents that are hard to replace, or the photographs and memories that will bring you comfort at this difficult time, we’ll keep them safe.  It’s a tragedy to lose everything, but when you own a SentrySafe you don’t really lose it all.  You still have the pictures from your wedding, your daughter’s first drawing and the insurance papers you’ll need to start fresh.  But most importantly you know you and your family will have the strength to begin again.

Learn more about the McDermott’s story at http://www.sentrysafe.com/hurricane_sandy_beginagain

It’s Time to Spring Ahead!

Fire Prevention House

This Sunday, don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead! And while you’re walking around the house it’s also a great time to remember to do a few other things, like check your home’s fire safety equipment. Do all your smoke alarms have fresh batteries? Are your fire extinguishers past their expiration date? Here are a couple of helpful reminders, so you can be sure your home and family are prepared in the event of a fire.

1. Go around the house and test and replace the batteries in your smoke alarms. There should be smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement. You should also have smoke alarms installed inside and outside of sleeping areas, the kitchen, laundry room and main living area of the home. It may seem extreme but if the worst should happen you want as much notice as possible for you and your family to get out of the house.

2. Did you know that your fire extinguisher may have an expiration date? Or that what type of fire extinguisher you need is dependent on the type of fire that is likely to occur in that part of the house? Fire extinguishers should be easily accessed on every level of you home as well as in the kitchen, basement and garage. To learn more about the different types of fire extinguisher visit http://www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/home_fire_prev/extinguishers.shtm

3. Practice your escape plan with your kids. Should the worst happen you want your kids to be well versed in what to do to get out of the house. Practice crawling to safety in the dark. You could even have them help you create a map that shows how to get out of the house.

4. Don’t forget about your Carbon Monoxide Detectors. Make sure to test and replace the batteries in these when walking around the house. It is recommended that Carbon Monoxide Detectors be located on all levels of the home including main living areas, near or in sleeping areas and the top of the basement stairs.

5. Last but not least…Keep it safe! Should the worst happen you want your family to focus on getting out to safety, not running back to get things. Documents like insurance papers, social security car and tax documentation can be real headache to recover, especially when you’re trying to get your family back on their feet. And family heirlooms, photos and precious memories can be a real comfort when everything else is lost. So make sure you’re prepared to begin again by keeping your important documents and valuables safe.

For more information on how to prepare your home and family visit http://www.usfa.fema.gov/fireservice/prevention_education/index.shtm