Emergency preparedness

blackout-buddy-h2o

I recently reviewed the Eton Blackout Buddy, which is a combination night light, emergency pathway lighting, and flashlight in one compact unit.  It's a great way to have a flashlight in your home with constantly charged batteries when you need one.  Eton's new Blackout Buddy H2O is a perfect flashlight for your emergency kit in [...]

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ebay-emergency-preparedness-5

This post is brought to you by eBay. All opinions are 100% mine. September is Emergency Preparedness month, and it's time to think about what you and your family will do if disaster strikes.  Not all emergencies are of the end-0f-the-world or zombie-apocalypse scale.  They can be on a smaller scale, but just as potentially [...]

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big-red-campfire-2

With the Camco "Big Red Campfire" Propane Camp Fire, you can have a fire without having to gather firewood first.  It uses standard LP gas and has a built-in gas regulator with a 10-ft hose.  Camco says the "realistic log pieces and full ring burner help create the natural look and ambiance of wood log [...]

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pocket-chainsaw-2

You'll be ready to take down a tree at a moment's notice with the Pocket Chainsaw in your gear kit.  The chain has 124 bi-directional teeth, and it's made of high strength, heat-treated steel - specially coated for rust resistance.  It's 28" long, and it comes with hooks and handles; it all stores in a flat tin [...]

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nokero-solar-bulb-2

I don't know if this is the world's only solar light bulb, but the Nokero Solar Light Bulb certainly looks useful for off-grid situations.  It charges its AA-sized NiMH batteries with a high-efficiency solar panel, and it can provide 6+ hours of 13.5 lumens of light from its four LEDs.  The bulb has a shatter-resistant polycarbonate globe, [...]

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seven-year-flashlight-2

The Seven Year Flashlight from Hammacher Schlemmer is a rechargeable flashlight that can hold a charge for seven years.  It has "specially-designed nickel metal hydride batteries that minimize power loss, ensuring reliable, full-power light for seven years on a single charge."   It produces 200 lumens of light for 6 hours on a full charge, [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, Gear, News, Outdoor Gear
rightline-gear-truck-tents-2

Well, the title says it all.  This Rightline Gear tent is bottomless, so you can set it up without emptying the bed of the truck.  It's made of gray and orange water-resistant polyester fabric with tape-sealed seams (PU 2000mm), and it has fiberglass poles.  It has two gear pockets, a lantern hanging hook, glow-in-the-dark zipper pulls, [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, News, Outdoor Gear
herrington-catastrophe-backpack-2

The Catastrophe Backpack from Herrington is equipped to help you withstand a disaster or to help you assist in recovery efforts.  It has 14 pockets and sleeves that come loaded with a lot of gear:  poncho; thermal blanket; respirator mask; personal hygiene and medical first aid kits; signal mirror and whistle; compass and magnifying glass; [...]

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champ-emergency-preparedness-1

Were you aware that it is National Preparedness Month?  Are you part of the sixty percent of Americans determined by the American Red Cross that are wholly unprepared for a disaster?  Emergencies don't have to be huge things, like hurricanes, tornados, or floods; they can be smaller things like car accidents or smaller damages to your [...]

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Posted in: Gear, Home, Kitchen, News
survival-pucks-2

Each of these little 3.25" diameter X 1.1" thick canisters contain emergency supplies.  The containers are made of 5000-series aluminum and have knurled screw-on lids; they are waterproof and have waterproof labels.  When you pull the label off, the the lid is a serviceable signal mirror.  What's inside these little canisters are the kits that can [...]

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Posted in: Gear, Health, Fitness, Sports, News, Outdoor Gear
quake-kare-pet-emergency-preparedness-kits-2

If you live in areas prone to natural disasters, you probably have made some preparations for emergencies.  Do you have an survival kit for your pet?  Quake Kare sells survival kits for dogs and cats, filled with products you'll need to keep your pet healthy and fed until things start to return to normal.  The kits come [...]

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Posted in: Gear, Health, Fitness, Sports, News, Pet Gadgets
SOLKOA-survival-kit

This survival kit is expensive, but it has 25 life-saving items inside a box that you can even use to cook in.  The SOLKOA Survival Kit for Best Made is stored in an 18.75-cubic inch box machined from a single block of aircraft grade 6061 aluminum.  The box can be used for cooking or for boiling drinking water. [...]

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m48-first-aid-kit-2

M48 is known for tactical and survival gear, and part of your survival gear should be a good first aid kit.  M48 has created a First Aid Kit, and ThinkGeek has them.  They've packed 56 necessities, like hand sanitizer, gauze and bandages, elastic bandages, antibiotic, gloves, sterile sponges, and more, into an 8" X 5.25" [...]

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blackout-buddy-review-2

We live in a high-rise condo building, and the main hallways and stairways are all interior and windowless.  The building does have emergency lighting, as we found out during a recent power outage, but those are only in the public areas of the building.  Most of the rooms in our condo have floor-to-ceiling windows, so [...]

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eton-blackout-buddy-2

Several years ago, a terrible storm in Greensboro knocked down a pine tree across the street from us.  The pine took down the power lines, which lit the tree on fire and caused the most incredible noises as the line arced and jumped around.  I knew just where my flashlight was, but was dismayed to [...]

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Posted in: Gear, Home, Kitchen, News
luci-solar-led-lantern-2

The folks at MPOWERD were inspired to create their LED lantern after the earthquake in 2010 left Haiti devastated and in the dark.  They developed Luci, a tiny but powerful solar-powered lantern that can provide light and safety to people worldwide.  You can keep one in your emergency preparedness kit or in your camping gear. [...]

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satechi-lightmate-flashlight-2

With this flashlight in your car's glove compartment or in an emergency preparedness kit, you'll be ready for most any emergency.  The Satechi LightMate Emergency LED Flash Light  looks, at first glance, like many small flashlights on the market today.  It's much more versatile than other flashlights, though.  Without the lozenge-shaped plastic cover, you can [...]

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Jetboil-Flash-Cooking-System-Java-Kit

With the Jetboil Flash Cooking System Java Kit, you can have fresh coffee when you're camping, riding out the power outages in the aftermath of a storm, or while trying to survive the zombie apocalypse.  With each 100g Jetpower canister, you'll be able to brew 12 liters of coffee in the FluxRing cooking cup with insulating cozy (one [...]

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Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News, Outdoor Gear
coleman-fold-n-go-stove

If you like camping without roughing it too much, you probably like a stove to cook your meals.  You probably don't want anything too heavy, because you have to carry it to the camp site.  The Coleman PerfectFlow InstaStart Fold N Go 2-Burner Stove gives you a spacious cooking surface in a package that folds up smaller [...]

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30-lantern

What with all the Arctic temperatures and snow this winter, I find my thoughts turning to power outages and emergency preparedness.  This 30-Day Emergency Lantern from Brookstone promises to keep you in the light even if you lose power.  The LED lantern has fourlight modes - low, medium, high, and flash - that can produce [...]

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