Solar emergency gear isn't just for summer or warm climate areas. The new generation of solar gadgets and tools can be used year round – even in cold temps. Some items, like the SunOven, have been around for years, proving their durability and long life. New tools like LuminAID solar lights are making huge inroads in emergency relief and general use solar lighting. In this post I'll share some of my top picks for emergency solar lights, power, radios, ovens and more to give you an overview of the tools that are now available. [Read more…]
This is a guest post by Amber Bradshaw of the Coastal Homestead.
We experienced the 1000 yr. flood here on the coast of South Carolina and now we are getting ready for a hurricane as I write this.
“Governor Nikki Haley issued an executive order declaring a State of Emergency and asked residents to prepare for evacuation of the South Carolina Coast in advance of any impact from Hurricane Matthew. Schools, County and State Offices are closed. “
Hurricane Matthew was a Category 4 Hurricane with 140mph winds and was headed toward us. We live in Zone A (right on the coast) in South Carolina in Georgetown County, Zone A is in the current evacuation zone. See National Hurricane Center tracking. [Read more…]
The power grid is one of those things that most of us take for granted, but it's time to acknowledge that it's getting older, reaching capacity and under attack. In the article “Bracing for a big power grid attack: ‘One is too many'“, USA Today states “About once every four days, part of the nation's power grid — a system whose failure could leave millions in the dark — is struck by a cyber or physical attack.” Without a preparedness blueprint in place, most of us would be in bad shape with an extended grid outage. [Read more…]
This is a guest post from Amber Bradshaw of the Coastal Homestead.
I wish our first experience with a “luggable loo” had been somewhere fun like a camping trip, but unfortunately when we needed an “Emergency Relief System” (ERS) as they're called, it really was an emergency. Our toilet would not flush and there was nowhere else to go. [Read more…]
The catastrophic flash flooding that has affected much of the Carolinas (and my home) was like nothing I've ever seen. I consider myself to be a prepper of sorts, always prepared, always planning ahead, stocked pantry, medicine cabinet, survival skills and ready for any situation, but I wasn’t ready for this. By the looks of things, neither was anyone else. [Read more…]