Handy tech to have during an emergency

Handy tech to have during an emergency

Summary: 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.

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  • Waterproof bags

    If you live somewhere that's prone to flooding then having a waterproof bag for your gear might be a good idea. If bad weather is on the way, pop your precious gear inside a dry bag for safety.

    I've used an Ortlieb dry bags to keep delicate electronics dry in some of the worst weather conditions and they've never failed me.

    (Image: Ortlieb)

  • Generator

    If your power needs go beyond what a solar charger can offer then you need to think bigger. If you have the space then a gasoline generator is idea, but you have to run this sort of thing outdoors because they are smelly and a fire hazard.

    An alternative is a 12V inverter that you can run from your car battery to provide household power to run a range of devices. One of the best inverters out there is the Cobra CPI 2575 which can push out a whopping 2500W and is kitted out with a raft of safety features.

    (Image: Cobra)

  • Skills

    There's no point having all the kit if you don't know how to use it. I've seen people superglue their hand to their face, struggle for ages trying to start a gasoline generator that didn't have any gas in it, slice their hand open with a screwdriver, and set to work reading instructions while a storm approaches.

    Don't be those people! Learn to you’re your kit in in comfort, when the lights are on and you have a favorite beverage close to hand. That way, using your kit will become second nature and you won't have to learn how to use it when you're cold, in the dark, or the floodwaters are rising. 

    Don't, whatever you do, just pack this stuff into a box or store it in the garage and not look at it until you need it! Use it. Practive your skills.

    (Image: Paramount)

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  • Safety Kit

    Electrical storm coming or a possible flood, UNPLUG FROM THE WALL SOCKET. I still have my mobile phone for news and weather updates.
    Richardd43
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      JulieRoberts
  • Might have been interesting...

    but I refuse to read any of these articles that are slideshows. They are clunky, annoying, and feel like a technique designed only to improve page counts.

    I like AKH, so it's not a case of one of his "haters" just looking for something else to pile on about!
    TucsonGuy
  • If you are ignorant enough to think that a surge strip...

    ... is going to "protect your gear from being killed by lightning", you certainly are in for a rude awakening.

    If your crap is connected to a wall outlet and your home or place of business is hit by a lightning strike, you may as well kiss it all goodbye. Surge protectors and suppressors are exactly that, they are designed to protect your electronics from transient surge spikes on the electrical lines themselves, usually from the power distribution network, NOT a direct hit by lightning!

    To make matters worse, most things people thing are surge protectors are nothing more than POWER STRIPS with an LED light.
    Playdrv4me
  • PLEASE PUT THE GALLERY RIBBON AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE FOR EASIER READING

    When the gallery is put below the TOO BIG HEADLINE, the person watching it on a laptop or widescreen monitor has to scroll down the scroll back up to read the material. VERY annoying. Please, don't put so much distance between the gallery and the text. I shudder to think how hard it is to use the gallery to read, if you're on a tablet!
    brainout
  • LED flashlight – the EagleTac D25A?

    Instead, I like the Mini CREE Led Flashlight for $7 (sold by Exciting).
    SlimSam
  • another good piece of equipment

    a small crank radio. I picked one of these up in a hardware store for $15 it has mobile devce charging capability, a built-in flashlight, and a weather radio on top of am/fm.
    KBot
  • Editing, Anyone?

    "... get an unlocked on so you can ick and choose ..."

    You might want to add a proofreading step to your publishing routine.

    Just sayin'
    aureolin
  • Other thoughts.

    Some friends of ours had their power off for 2 WEEKS due to a flood. I have one of those handy jumper boxes with a 12 V sealed lead acid battery for emergency jump starts. I added a 7 W solar panel and a auto USB charger and they were able to keep their cell phones charged for the entire time. I had previously replaced the florescent light in the handle with some 12 V strip LEDs. Tons of light and only 80 mA consumed. Handy at night.

    The inverter is ok but even 2,000 watts at 12 V requires 166 Amps. Battery won't last very long and it will take forever on most solar panels to recharge.
    dave01234
  • Copy Editing

    Practive your skills.
    Learn to you’re your kit in in comfort

    And this blog, once again, says Asian "wannabe copy editor". Don't these authors ever read their own crap before it gets posted to the Internet so toons like myself can make fun of their stupidity!

    Either give the Asian "wannabe copy editors" more 'rice' or bring the editing back to English speaking countries!

    Adrian....this is a direct reflection on you, as well. Care to give us your view of this distracting practice.
    electric800