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No home should be without at least one emergency light, and ideally and emergency radio.

A solar/hand crank emergency radio with an LED light built in is perfect. If the power goes out in a disaster, you will be glad you can get emergency updates and see to get around.

But why is it so important to have an LED light? Isn’t a regular flashlight good enough? While it is a good idea to have regular flashlights, you should not rely on them alone. An LED light has many advantages over a regular flashlight.

LED lights are extremely efficient and they last a very long time, which is perfect if there is an emergency. You don’t have to worry that your light may not work. LED lights do not have bulbs with filaments, so there is no worry about replacing broken lightbulbs. As long as your battery works, you’ll have light.

Our emergency LED lights/radios have LiPo batteries, so a dead battery is nothing to worry about either. LiPo stands for lithium-ion polymer. These batteries are long lasting and rechargeable.

The combination of an LED light with a LiPo battery in a hand crank/solar radio is perfect whether you want it for emergency disaster use, or to keep in your car or boat. Whatever use you have for it, it will always be ready when you need it.

Our Solar/Hand Crank Flashlight with AM/FM and Weather Band Radio is also able to charge your cell phone with a car charger or USB port.

As a secondary light, consider the Solar/Handcrank Flashlight with AM/FM Radio. While it doesn’t have Weather Band, it does have a flashing strobe light for emergency signaling as well as a siren. Both lights together will provide your family with light and security in an emergency.

You should also have an emergency light in your vehicle, as well as in your pack if you spend any time in the wilderness, to signal for help. The Emergency Strobe Light is perfect for this.

It is important to have various light sources in an emergency situation. An emergency candle will provide light and warmth. Just be sure it is always supervised to reduce the risk of fire. Emergency candles are also good for camping.

What kind of emergency lights do you have?

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FEMA Releases Preparedness Apps and Text Updates

In the age of digital info, what better way to offer emergency preparedness tips and info than via a mobile app.  After all, almost everyone always carries their phone with them these days.  I think that’s what FEMA realized when they released a recent suite of mobile preparedness apps for both Droid and iOS mobile platforms.  In designing the app, FEMA says they worked hard to keep the disaster survivor in mind.  For example, the app makes much of the information available even if cell phone service isn’t.  That way disaster victims can access the important information on how to stay safe after a disaster, the location of your family emergency meeting locations,  etc.  Of course, ER Survival Kits come with a Hand-Crank and Solar Powered Radio Flashlight that charges all cell phones with its universal charger outlet.

The FEMA emergency preparedness app offers several useful features such as the ability to:

  • Check off the items you have in your family’s emergency kit
  • Enter your family emergency meeting locations
  • Review safety tips on what to do before, during and after a disaster
  • View a map of shelters and disaster recovery centers across the U.S.

A new and separate service from the new app, provides text message updates to cell phone users to receive text message updates from FEMA.

  • Text PREPARE to 43362 (4FEMA) to sign up to receive monthly disaster safety tips
  • Text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 44362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area (example: shelter 12345)
  •  Text DRC + your ZIP code to 44362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest disaster recovery center in your area (for example, if you lived in Annandale, Virginia with a Zip Code of 22003, you’d text DRC 22003).
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