What's in your emergency gadget kit?
While extra bottles of water, canned goods, and candles are all well and good, what I really want to know is: how are you prepared gadget-wise?
Do you own a solar-powered or hand-crank charger? A radio? A Swiss Army Knife with a flashlight and a flash drive (like these: gdgt.com/victorinox/)?
What are your favorite gadgets for surviving a genuine emergency situation?
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This site sells a lot of useful stuff:
If it is headed your way, make sure you go through the house and video all of your stuff for insurance purposes. Do it on your phone so you are less likely to lose it.
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Bad weather is another reason to take great care of your car, so if you're a person who just kinda beats the crap out of your car and doesn't baby it, realize the situations get a lot worse with bad weather, more so in snow than Hurricanes. Think about having your family in your car and it not starting up or running right and how that can make a bad situation dangerous quickly.
In Hurricanes you really want to stay away from windows and get enough food beforehand that doesn't need to be put in the fridge. Moving cars into the garage is smart because trees fall for crazy reasons. Taking furniture off your porches is a good idea, but don't go too crazy, just turning chairs down and flipping tables can be enough. Keeping your family together is important too because kids cook up crazy things in their heads because they don't know any better.
As far as gadgets and items to go to in Hurricane emergencies, I would say cell phone, candle, lighter, flashlight with extra batteries, granola bars, dried fruit, PSP would be nice, but depends on the situation. You definitely need your cell phone charger and it would be good to grab the PSP charger as well. If you have a portable radio/stereo with an antenna to get music and weather updates for everyone in your family to hear that's another big plus. I have a iPhone charger that works with AA batteries so I would try to dig that out, though it usually doesn't work well.
In general don't bother with umbrellas because the wind makes the rain come sideways at times. Keeping rain boots and rain jackets nearby is important as there is always a lot of rain when a Hurricane comes through, even if the speed of the wind as already died down.
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