You already know that you need to have things like a first aid kit and emergency water and food in your disaster kit. But there are also some gadgets that you should have in your disaster prep kit so that you will always know where they are and you will be able to grab them and go quickly in the event of a natural disaster or some type of emergency. All of these gadgets are easily available and don’t cost a lot so make sure you have at least one of each of these for everyone in your family:
Solar Battery Charger
Solar charging plates are fantastic for keeping your gadgets charged and you don’t need to worry about finding an outlet or a USB port because they recharge themselves with the energy of the sun. This one is can easily fit into a pocket or a bag and they can be used to charge smartphones, tablets, even some laptop batteries. They also can charge batteries for walkie-talkies and other important devices.
Walkie talkies are another gadget that you must have in your emergency kit. Even if you are able to charge your smartphones if the cell towers are compromised or the cell network goes down like it usually down during an emergency you won’t be able to call your loved ones or use your phones to make plans. Walkie-talkies don’t rely on cell phone networks and grids so they are much more reliable than cell phones. They also have a great range and clarity so you will be able to stay in contact with your loved ones more easily. Make sure you have at least one walkie for everyone in the family and it’s a good idea to have a couple extra batteries too so you can have one charging while one is in use. That way you will never be without a battery for the walkies.
Water Purifying Straws
Water purifying straws are tiny and can fit into a pocket or a bag or you can carry them on a string around your neck. They purify almost any water by filtering out bacteria, heavy metals, and other nasty things so that you can find drinkable water almost anywhere. Water filtration straws are something that everyone in the family is going to need. You should have a few extras also because they are very easy to break and lose. Don’t take the chance of being without the ability to filter water because you will need clean water to drink.
Flashlights are fine but LED lanterns are better for emergency lights because they last a lot longer and don’t need to be recharged. The LED light is cooler and won’t attract bugs or pests. It’s also a more even light which will help if you need to find your way around in the dark. It’s a good idea to have several LED lanterns in your disaster kit.
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