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Emergencies can come in all sizes. You can have the big stuff – like floods, or fire or storms – that makes the headlines, or you can have a small-scale occurrence just affecting a few people.
I was caught up in a thunderstorm today threw thunderbolts that took the power out and high winds that brought down a few trees. Nothing big, but it made me glad that I had my emergency gear in order, not just for my own safety and comfort, but so I could help others and call the relevant emergency services and utility companies to get things sorted.
Over the years I've learned that having some well-designed kit close to hand can make all the difference during an emergency (small or large). Here's a look at some of the tech-related kit that I've found most useful over the years.
UPS and/or surge protection
I've lost count of the number of times my power line has either cut out or been hit by lightning, and without a decent UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) I hate to think how much of a toll this would have taken on my electronics.
I recommend getting a UPS with enough capacity to run your PC gear at least long enough for you to be able to turn the PC off. A good example of a decent consumer/home office grade UPS is the Xfinity Pro Series 2000VA 1200W device.
Failing that, get a surge protector. While that won't protect you from power cuts and brownouts, it will prevent lighting and power surges from killing your gear.