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.

TOPICS: Hardware

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  • Introduction

    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.

    (Image: Ultra)

  • LED flashlight

    Having the ability to throw some light on a situation always makes it seem better. And when you're constantly diving under desks or delving inside PCs, having a flashlight that fits into your pocket is very handy. I prefer to go with an LED flashlight these days because they last much longer than incandescent bulbs and the batteries last a lot longer too.

    There are plenty of LED flashlights to choose from, starting at the high end like Surefire, going all the way down to a cheapo plastic thing you can pick up at a gas station for a dollar.

    I've just picked up a new LED flashlight – the EagleTac D25A – and it seems to tick all the boxes for me. It has variable output, it's small enough to fit into my pocket, it’s powered by a single AA battery, and it's tough enough survive daily use. 

    (Image: EagleTac)

Topic: Hardware

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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.
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  • 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!
  • 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.

    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!
  • LED flashlight – the EagleTac D25A?

    Instead, I like the Mini CREE Led Flashlight for $7 (sold by Exciting).
  • 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.
  • 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'
  • 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.
  • 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.