As most of us unfortunately know, 2011 was a difficult year with people throughout the United States being hit by hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, and other severe storms and natural disasters.
With hurricane season basically over, it’s time to prepare for winter storms and blizzards. So, it’s a good time to update your home and automobile “Emergency Preparedness Kits.”
We live in the Northeast where millions lost power twice in recent months: first from Hurricane Irene and then from an early winter storm.
While many people saw the power come back on within a couple of hours, hundreds of thousands of people were without electricity, cable and/or phone services for several days.
During these difficult times, both local and national news organizations pointed out that FEMA and state emergency agencies recommended using solar chargers, particularly to maintain communications. Here’s a discussion of what to look for in solar chargers / portable solar panels and solar emergency lights and flashlights. We also include a FEMA-developed list of items recommended for a simple emergency kit. Continue reading