Cold Weather Emergency Preparedness

The first weeks of 2018 have created a range of cold weather issues which highlight the changing nature of the environment in the 21st-century. There are a number of steps that can be taken by a family looking to become prepared for the increasing problems with extremes of cold weather seen from parts of the Deep South to the most northerly regions of the U.S. over recent months.
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Hand Crank and Solar Power Weather Radio

Information is powerful. One problem with many emergencies is getting the right information or getting any information at all. Even a weather related emergency from a winter storm can cut a family off from all lines of communication. It is important to be able to hear news updates, weather alerts, and the current state of affairs so that you can make informed decisions.

We recently purchased the Discovery Expedition AM/FM/SW Weather Radio. We actually bought ours from Sears as we had some shop rewards to redeem. I can no longer find it on the Sears website so the link is to the same radio on amazon. This is a reasonably inexpensive small model that has AM/FM, shortwave, and NOAA Weather. It has a hand crank on the side and a solar panel on top that can charge the built in Ni-MH battery. It also has a handy USB port that can charge phones, ipods, or anything equipped with a USB charger.

Discovery Expedition D105X AM/FM/SW/NOAA Weather Radio - 5-Way Powered Flashlight USB Port
View of the box and hand crank

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