So Long 2014, Happy 2015

Happy New Year!

Best wishes to all for a happy, safe, and healthy 2015. As we welcome 2015, we thought it would be a good chance to recap our posts, videos, Pins with a quick video of some of the things we did in 2014.

Happy New Year, Review 2014 with quick video

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Emergency Preparedness: Never Too Early or Too Late to Plan


Large Hurricane Getting Ready to Hit Land

With Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy hitting much of the east coast a couple of weeks ago, followed last week by a strong Nor’ Easter that hit most of the same areas, it’s a good time to remember that all homes and autos should have an emergency kit.

In the western parts of the country, many areas experienced (and some still are dealing with) wildfires. And, no matter where one lives, floods, earthquakes, and/or tornadoes unfortunately also are real possibilities.

Here is a list of things, many taken from and, which has lists of what an emergency preparedness kit should include, as well as pointers to prepare for and deal with for hurricanes, earthquakes. and tornadoes. (Other pages discuss everything from floods  to wildfires to landslides and hurricanes.)

As we were preparing for Sandy, we noted (as we did last year when wrote about hurricane preparedness), FEMA and many state emergency management agencies are adding solar flashlights, emergency lights and solar chargers to the list of things that can help.  While it’s true that you can’t always depend on the sun, it’s also true that you won’t always be able to depend on gasoline for generators, as far too many people have learned over the past couple of weeks. Continue reading

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Solar Lighting and Solar Chargers: Great for Emergencies, Power Outages!

Where Will You Be When the Lights Go Out?

Be Prepared the Next Time You Lose Power!

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