Emergency Power Survival Equipment

power survival equipmentThere are a lot of different things that you need to deal with in case of an urban disaster situation.  Most times we start by thinking about the basics – food, shelter and security.

But one of the things that we also should be thinking about is power survival equipment.

Why Do You Need Power During A Disaster

All that you have to do is think about all the things that we use every day that rely on a reliable power source and you know why you need some way to get power during a disaster.   Not just for cooking or food storage, but also for communication that lets us know what is going on in the world around us and keep in contact with our friends and family.

Some of this can be replaced by having enough batteries but power stored that way can be rapidly used up unless there is a way to recharge them.

Emergency Power Generation

There are many times during disaster situations where we lose the power that we take for granted.  This can be caused by severe weather conditions or some type of terrorist attack.

So having power during any period of disaster would make your life a whole lot easier and safer.

How To Generate Emergency Power

There are a lot of different ways that we can generate power when the power grid fails.

Gas Generators

These generators are relatively inexpensive and come in different sizes to power everything from a refrigerator to a whole house.

One of the benefits of gas generators is that you can buy portable units that you can take with you in case you need to evacuate your home base.

But the downside, as far as a source of emergency power, is the fact that they are noisy enough that they would likely be noticed and run only as long as you have gasoline to put in them.

Solar Panels

Solar panels are a great way to power an off the grid home or to lessen your reliance on the electrical grid in case of an emergency.

The solar panel industry is going through tremendous growth right now as the efficiency of solar panels keeps improving and their cost keeps dropping.

The other great thing that is happening in solar is that batteries are developing that can store power for times when there is no sunlight available.

Just recently Elon Musk mentioned that his company, Tesla, is already producing a 10-kilowatt-hour battery pack that with a full charge  can power an average home for about two days in the event of an outage.

These batteries are currently being tested in about 500 homes in California but will soon be available through Solar City,  a sister company of Tesla and one of the largest manufacturers of solar panel systems in the country with more than 39% of the residential solar market.

Currently Solar City installs solar panels on peoples roofs, then leases the panels to the home owners.  This gives the average home-owner a low cost way to take advantage of solar power and cut their utility costs.

The batteries are designed to store any excess power over the home owners needs that is produced during the day by its residential solar panel systems, making it available at times when the solar panels aren’t producing power.

Pros and Cons Of Emergency Power Survival Equipment

Even though gas generators are a great and inexpensive tool for emergency power I think that if I was looking at creating a stand alone emergency power system I’d be more prone to go with Solar Power.

Solar panels come in all sizes that can power everything from your cell phone to an entire house.  In fact, I would advise having one of these smaller charger units in your grab and go bag to keep your phone, tablet, and laptop powered should you need to evacuate your home.

In fact, I would recommend that every member of your family makes sure that they take a phone sized solar charger with them every time that they leave home.

Today’s smart phones are energy hogs and can run out of battery power quickly unless they have a way to be recharged.

Having a small emergency power solar charger will help keep your families phones charged no matter what the situation, insuring that you will be able to keep in touch with them.

Most cell phone towers are being updated to include emergency power battery back-ups and EMP proof housings to insure that they will work even when land lines and power is out.

 

Conclusion to Emergency Power Survival Equipment

The bottom line is that you should make sure that you include some way to generate emergency power in your emergency survival plan.

No matter what you use it gives you the ability to save frozen foods from spoilage, keep warm if you’re in the middle of a winter storm, and keep in touch with the outside world.

This gives you the advantage of knowing what is happening outside your home , what steps are being taken and how soon the emrgency situation that you are in will be over.

More importantly it gives you the ability to have emergency power keep in touch with family and friends and make sure that they are safe.
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The above device is a combined solar panel.battery that can keep you cell phone charged.  With its batteries fully charge it can reacharge your smart phone up to 3 times using a USB cord.  Plus it takes just 3 hours to charge it’s batteries.

I have one of these and it’s a great way to keep my phone charged when I am out hiking or away from a power plug.

Even though you would think that most restaurants would have a plug to power up your phone or laptop at every table few do.

Having a solar emergency power generator takes care of this problem and helps me stay in touch with family and friends.  It also lets me know what is happening in the world around me.

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Measles – Should You Be Worried

MeaslesIf you’ve been watching or reading the News lately you’ve probably seen the coverage about the growing numbers of Measles cases.

It started with a few cases at Disney in California and has grown from there to New York and recently cases in a day care in Illinois.

While this is a disease that usually affects just children it can still infect anyone who isn’t properly immunized or that has a natural immunity because they already had an infestation.

Even though the total numbers of cases are still small the fact that this disease, declared just a little over a decade ago as defeated in the U.S. , is suddenly making any comeback at all should be a real concern to anyone who reads about it.

Measles is Highly Contagious

Something like this is one of my big worries for a potential disaster.

This disease is easily one of the most contagious known to man.  And even though most people who get sick from this virus recover, there are still a lot of people of all ages for whom this disease will have serious side effects or even cause death.

The worst part is that it can be contagious even before the person who is getting sick knows they are ill.

Depending upon who you want to listen to it can be anywhere from four days to as many as 18 days before any symptoms shows up during which time the person can still be contagious to others.

Then, even when someone does start to get sick, it will seem like the flu for a another few days before the tell-tale itchy splotches start to show up, first on the face, then spreading to the rest of the body.

How Is Measles Spread

Anyone who is near to a person who is sick with Measles can easily get sick.

The virus that causes this disease lives in the nose and throat.  So when an infected person sneezes, or even talks the virus is being spread around.

Once sneezed the virus can linger in the air for several minutes before settling on any surfaces in the area.

Anyone who touches these fluids can also transfer them to other surfaces as well.

There it can survive for up to two hours, making it possible to catch the disease by just touching a surface with virus.

How Measles Gets In Your Body

If you touch any surfaces like door handles or counters while the virus is still alive left by someone who is infected you can not only become infected but you can even pass it to others.

The virus can enter your body by you breathing it in if someone who is infected sneezes, coughs, or is talking to you, expelling the virus in your direction.

You can also pick it up by touching a surface with live virus then touching your mouth or rubbing your eyes.

Complications From Measles

Although the vast majority of people who get sick will heal with no problems there is the possibility that there could be complications.

This is especially true with anyone who is immuno compromised or has other problems.

Measles can be a serious in all age groups.   However, children that are younger than 5 and adults that are older than 20 years of age are the ones that are most likely to suffer from measles complications.

Common Complications

Common measles complications can often include things like ear infections and diarrhea.  Although diarrhea is rare an ear infection can happen in as many as 1 out of 10 and could result in permanent hearing loss.

Severe Complications

More severe complications that can happen are pneumonia (infection of the lungs) or encephalitis (a swelling of the brain).

They complications can require hospitalization and could even result in death.

  • As many as one out of every 20 children with measles gets pneumonia, the most common cause of death from measles in young children.
  • About one child out of every 1,000 who get measles will develop encephalitis (swelling of the brain) that can lead to convulsions and can leave the child deaf or mentally retarded.
  • For every 1,000 children who get measles, its possible that one or two will die from it.

How To Avoid Getting Measles

I suppose that you could avoid this disease, or any other that could be passed from human to human by avoiding people and never getting close to anyone.

But for those of us that choose or need to live in urban areas that is just not possible or practical.

So here are some steps that might help you avoid this virus:

Make Sure and Get Vaccinated

Yeah sure there are always going to be concerns about vaccines being a bigger problem than the disease that they are trying to treat.

But the fact is that the world is a lot better and healthier than it was because of vaccines.

That being said, even if you have been vaccinated it is only about 95% effective.  And Doctors are finding that if you are an adult that had a vaccination as a child, it could have weakened over time.

So know what vaccines that you and you family need to get, then get them and make sure they are up to date!

Avoid Anyone Who Is Sick

Bottom line is that people who are sick can make you sick.  Still – this can be hard if not impossible to accomplish.

You might have a member of your family that has contracted Measles and needs to be taken care of and like I said earlier in this article, you might not even know that a person is contagious.

They might not even know it.  But if they are sick be cautious.

Practical Steps

If someone coughs or sneezes near you try holding your breath as long as you can to avoid breathing in any viruses.

If you don’t mind looking contagious yourself get and wear medical grade face masks when you go outside or are in areas with a lot of people.

You should wash your hands often and try to avoid touching your mouth or eyes with them between washes.  When you wash your hands lather them thoroughly including under the nails.  One way to make sure that you wash them enough is to sing (under your breath of course!) two verses of the song – Happy Birthday.

Avoid using public restrooms if you can.  Or if you must make sure that you have a sanitizer spray for the stool,  wash your hands thoroughly, and use paper towels to shut off the water faucet and to open the door when you exit the bathroom.

Make sure to avoid any body fluids of another like saliva, sweat, nasal mucus, blood, semen, vaginal secretions.

Conclusion

While most of us can avoid Measles with a few simple common sense steps and a vaccination there are some for whom this won’t work.

Or even worse, there is always the chance that this highly contagious disease could morph into something more deadly.

This means that it is important to make sure to know what we need to do in case of an outbreak like Measles or something worse.

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