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Emergency Power Survival Equipment


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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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Solar Power Advances


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Solar Power Advances

One thing that every Urban Disaster Survivalist should be thinking about is how to generate power in case there is some issue with the power grid that causes it to go off line for a time.

How would you keep perishables safe and heat or cool your home if there were no power?

A couple of articles in the news recently caught my eye and show some of the advances that we may be seeing in the future. Whether you are trying to go “off the grid” or looking for ways to create a back up for the pwer that you get off the grid this news should be interesting to you.

Improved Solar Panels

I seems that every time that I look at the news there are articles about how quickly solar panels are improving in their efficiency at turning sunlight into power. Meanwhile the cost keep dropping.

In an article today I was reading about a breakthrough in ‘nematic liquid crystals’ that makes them easier to make and more efficient. These crystals can be printed into solar panels that are dramatically more effective at creating power than todays’ panels.

They are also much cheaper to make because they can be printed faster and easier than the silicon-based models that are used today.

http://phys.org/news/2015-01-solar-panels-electronics-horizon-discovery.html

Lawn Power

In another article the ability to get electrical energy from growing plants was discussed. This solar power advance is not yet on the scale of solar or wind power yet, there is a company that has products that can harness power from the photosynthesis process where plants convert sunlight into energy.

One of the problems is that it doesn’t work when it is cold and plants normally don’t grow but think about the amazing potential that this discovery has for off grid homes or places in third world areas.

http://ecowatch.com/2015/01/15/lawn-power-house/

Both of these emerging solar power advances are great news for those of us that are concerned about off-grid living or just want a back-up for the vulnerable grids that we get power from today.

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