The Great Winter Weather Party Helps Homeowners Prepare for Severe Winter Weather

Campaign offers helpful tips, fun activities and a chance to win a KOHLER standby generator

KOHLER, Wis. – January 3, 2013 – Families are encouraged to prepare for severe winter weather during The Great Winter Weather Party presented by the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)® and sponsored by Kohler® Generators and State Farm. The season-long campaign is aimed at better preparing families and their homes for winter weather hazards like blizzards, deep freezes, ice storms and more.

The public is invited to join The Great Winter Weather Party at www.greatwinterweatherparty.com where they can register to win a Kohler Standby Generator , through March 31, 2013, to power their home during utility outages and access easy-to-follow preparedness tips. While visiting the website, people can also volunteer to be a Snow Angel by pledging to help neighbors in need during the winter season.

“The winter season brings snow, ice and other severe conditions to many parts of the country,” said Leslie Chapman-Henderson, President and CEO of FLASH, the country’s leading consumer advocate for strengthening homes and safeguarding families from natural and manmade disasters. “Unfortunately, many homeowners are unprepared when severe winter weather hits. Our goal with The Great Winter Weather Party is give families the tools they need to protect their homes and prepare themselves before severe cold sets in, and have some fun while doing so.”

Win a Generator to Power through the Cold

Kohler® Generators, a premium manufacturer and marketer of world class generators and automatic transfer switches, welcomes homeowners to share their power-loss stories for a chance to win a KOHLER generator and automatic transfer switch during the campaign through March 31, 2013.

After typing in their name, address, birth date, email and phone number, potential winners are asked to answer, in 25 words or less, how having a generator would help their family. The sweepstakes prize is a 20-kilowatt (model 20RESAL) KOHLER generator and transfer switch, Kohler’s most popular unit that automatically restores power in as little as 10 seconds when the transfer switch immediately and safely reassigns power from the utility lines to the generator.

Full contest rules can be found at http://greatwinterweatherparty.org/generator.html.

The Great Winter Weather Party website offers valuable information on a wide variety of preparedness topics, including:

  • Preventing ice dams
  • Properly insulating pipes
  • Staying safe while using fireplaces, furnaces and space heaters
  • Gathering the right supplies for an extreme winter event
  • Creating an emergency plan
  • Knowing what to do when stranded away from home in bad weather

In addition, visitors can learn about the importance of emergency backup power. Power loss is common during severe winter storms, leaving many homeowners without power and many times heat for days or even weeks. The emotional, physical and financial toll of an extended power outage can be minimized or avoided by installing a standby generator. 

“Power is a fundamental part of our daily lives,” said Melanie Tydrich, a spokesperson for Kohler Co. “It’s important for homeowners to develop an emergency power plan, especially those who have homes with small children, the elderly or those with special needs.” 

Join the Party

To join The Great Winter Weather Party and to register to win a KOHLER Standby Generator, visit http://www.greatwinterweatherparty.org. People are also encouraged to follow the party on their favorite social media channel. Simply “Like” The Great Winter Weather Party on Facebook (facebook.com/wxparty) or “Follow” on Twitter (@wxparty).

About Kohler® Generators

Kohler Generators, part of Kohler Power Systems is a division of Kohler Co., and provides complete power systems, including generators (residential, industrial, and marine), automatic transfer switches, switchgear, monitoring controls, and accessories for emergency, prime power and energy-management applications. Kohler Power Systems has delivered energy solutions for markets worldwide since 1920. For more information on home/light commercial generators, individuals can visit www.kohlergenerators.com or www.facebook.com/kohlergenerators.

About Kohler Co.

Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wis., Kohler Co. is one of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies. KOHLER is a global leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products, engines and power generation systems, tile and home interiors, and an international host to award-winning hospitality and world-class golf destinations.

About FLASH®

Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)®, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is the country’s leading consumer advocate for strengthening homes and safeguarding families from natural and manmade disasters. FLASH collaborates with more than 100 innovative and diverse partners that share its vision of making America a more disaster-resistant nation including: BASF, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Florida Division of Emergency Management, The Home Depot®, International Code Council, Kohler® Generators, National Weather Service, RenaissanceRe, Simpson Strong-Tie®, State Farm™, USAA® and WeatherPredict Consulting Inc. In 2008, FLASH opened the interactive weather experience StormStruck: A Tale of Two Homes® in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Learn more about FLASH and gain access to its free consumer resources by visiting http://www.flash.org or calling (877) 221-SAFE (7233).

About State Farm®

State Farm insures more cars and homes than any other insurer in the U.S., is the leading insurer of watercraft and is also a leading insurer in Canada. State Farm's 17,700 agents and more than 67,000 employees serve 81 million policies and accounts – almost 79 million auto, fire, life and health policies in the United States and Canada, and nearly 2 million bank accounts. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 31 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit statefarm.com® or in Canada, statefarm.ca®.

About Snow Angel

The Snow Angel volunteer program, created in partnership with the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and the HandsOn Network, asks volunteers to pledge to help neighbors in need shovel their walks, salt their steps and provide additional help as needed during extreme winter weather. The goal of the program is to reduce snow shoveling-related injuries (approximately 11,000 each year) and deaths due to heart attacks (approximately 100 each year).