As part of our effort to be prepared for everyday emergencies, we went on a hunt for the best cheap flashlight. Our target was a durable, inexpensive high lumen flashlight that we could give to children and not worry if it was lost. It needed to be a flashlight bright enough for a light source during power outages and lighting around the yard at night.
The Battery Powered Heater – Mythical Heating System
There are thousands of online searches each month for “battery operated heaters” and “battery powered heaters”. Small individual battery powered heaters for jackets, blankets, gloves, boots and 500BTU 12v car battery heaters do exist. The bad news: A large portable battery powered space heater does not exist.
Good News: There are some options available you might not know about. You can buy safe indoor propane heaters.
It is possible a portable battery operated space heater might exist in the future. (Newer batteries like the 18650 can hold a lot more charge than old fashioned alkaline batteries, so change is happening.) We will update this post as technology changes. Last Update: Oct 2018.
What is a Bug Out Bag (BOB)?
A bug out bag is a kit that has all the stuff you need to get from where you are to where you need to go. They are also known as a Get Out of Dodge bag (GOOD), a 72 Hour Bag/Kit, a “grab bag”, a “battle box” or a “Personal Emergency Relocation Kit” (PERK). A simpler one is the “Get Home Bag”. This post is a DIY BOB summary for food, supplies and tactical gear, for everyday carry and emergency preparedness. [Read more…] about Bug Out Bag (BOB) or “Get Home Bag” DIY Checklist
My husband, August, did a ton of research to find the best rechargeable battery and the best battery charger for emergencies and every day use, so I asked him to help put together this post to share what he found out. We identify the best value and absolute best AA, AAA and 18650 rechargeable battery in this post. We also review a 21 watt solar panel that provides 5 volt USB power and emergency radios with built in solar and hand crank chargers to charge USB devices.
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Water is Life
You can only survive for approximately 3 days without water, so water isn’t just necessary, water is life. In case of emergency, a reliable water supply is critical. Our water supply stops if power is interrupted due to storms, earthquakes or other events such as solar flares or grid overload due to high demand. Municipal water supplies could also be a likely “soft” target for terrorist attacks. Emergency water storage should be a part of every home emergency plan. (Note: Photo below shows part of our water storage next to home freeze dried food in Mylar bags.)