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American Red Cross Launches
Emergency Radio Promotion

Radios are crank, solar and battery powered - equipped with AM/FM and NOAA weather channels, flashlight and cell phone charger

American Red Cross Press Release

FlashlightNews.org - 8/26/2009


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Eton/Red Cross VoiceLink FR1000 Hand-Crank Radio/Flashlight/Charger

Eton/Red Cross VoiceLink FR1000 Hand-Crank Radio/Flashlight/Charger

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The American Red Cross is partnering with radio manufacturer Eton Corporation and leading retailer RadioShack to help people prepare for emergencies and stay informed after a disaster by offering a discount on emergency crank radios.


"An emergency radio is an essential part of any emergency preparedness kit, and we hope that by offering savings to consumers, we'll inspire individuals to make the decision to be better prepared and stay informed for any type of emergency," said Esmail Amid-Hozour, CEO of Eton Corporation.

People often rely on powered sources to get information after a disaster hits, but due to power outages, these resources may become unavailable for extend periods of time. An emergency radio--one that is crank, solar or battery operated--can become a vital resource to staying informed after a disaster.

As part of its partnership with the Red Cross, Eton is offering consumers a coupon for a 10% discount on any Red Cross emergency radio purchased at RadioShack through September 30, 2009. During the same timeframe, Eton Corporation will donate an additional 10% of the purchase price to the Red Cross for each radio purchased with the coupon at RadioShack. Eton already makes a contribution of between $0.49 and $1 to the Red Cross for each radio sold.

"American Red Cross emergency radios make it easy to take another step toward preparing for the unexpected," said Jennifer Niyangoda, Director of Corporate Partnerships for the American Red Cross. "We appreciate the effort of Eton and RadioShack to help consumers prepare while supporting the humanitarian mission of the Red Cross."

The American Red Cross currently offers a line of six emergency radios ranging in price from $30 to $150. All radios are crank, solar and battery powered and equipped with AM/FM and NOAA weather channels, a flashlight and a cell phone charger.

The Eton promotion is part of the American Red Cross Do More than Cross Your Fingers public awareness and cause marketing campaign that is being launched in September to help people prepare for emergencies.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization -- not a government agency -- and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at blog.redcross.org.

About ETON

Eton Corporation is an established leader in consumer electronics radio products. Eton is always "re-inventing" radio. Its mission is to give the world access to news and information, anytime, anywhere. We strive to empower our customers with the most current information on the airwaves. Our goal is to transcend boundaries, so our radios offer world-wide access to the information everyone needs to hear.

About RadioShack Corporation

RadioShack Corporation, headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, is one of the nation's most experienced and trusted consumer electronics specialty retailers, offering innovative products and services from leading brands. Our knowledgeable, helpful sales associates are committed to enhancing the in-store shopping experience by listening to our customers, offering advice, and partnering with them to find the best technology solutions that fit their needs. Operating from convenient and accessible neighborhood and mall locations, the company has approximately 4,450 company-operated stores; almost 1,400 dealer outlets; nearly 600 wireless phone kiosks throughout the U.S.; and approximately 200 company-operated stores in Mexico. For more information on RadioShack Corporation, or to purchase items online, visit RadioShack.com.

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