Hurricanes are fast approaching the US, while Earthquakes rumble along the US east coast. We're flirting with disaster today. If something catastrophic were to occur, would you be prepared? Here are seven tools to help you survive a natural disaster.
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Staying up to date on the latest developments is essential. And radio still has TV and print beat when it comes to delivering those updates. However there might not be power. Eton's splashproof, solar-powered radio charges its battery using natural light, meaning you don't have to hoard a sea of batteries in anticipation. $US150.
You probably have some items which are important, invaluable or flat-out irreplaceable. Passports, insurance policies, deeds. Make sure they don't get lost or ruined amidst the chaos by stashing them in a waterproof, fireproof safe. $US350.
Mobile phones tend to not work so well in moments of crisis (today was proof of that). Satellite phones, on the other hand, tend to remain unaffected by the surrounding conditions, and have become a favourite tool of those handling disaster relief. The TerreStar Genus will provide access to mobile internet as well as voice services in a time of need. $US800.
It's dark and/or raining. Your neighbour next door is trapped by debris and needs your help. What do you do? Trying to help them while wielding a flashlight seems like it wouldn't be optimal. But having a waterproof, head-mounted LED lamp would keep both of your hands free while in action. Plus, it can even emit a red light so that you can maintain natural night vision.$US40.
So the Hurricane is on its way and you realise you didn't have time to get a proper pair of shoes for braving the outdoors after a hurricane. What if the shoes you already wear were lightweight, waterproof and quick-drying such as the Outlier Supermarine? It could come through in a pinch with its thick sole and military-developed materials. $US260.
If the worst case scenario strikes and your home is unfit to return to, you'll need somewhere to stay, temporarily at least. Intershelter makes temporary structures that pack into an container small enough to fit in the back of a pickup truck and can be assembled in a few hours only using a couple of hand tools. $US12,000.
It may taste like shit, but Shelf Reliance's freeze dried food will remain edible for years and years and years, meaning you don't have to worry about replacing your stock in the event of emergency.$US4000 for a one-year supply.