Archive for the ‘Survival’ Category

COAST Products Gives Thanks for First Responders

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

The FloodWhat are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? Here at COAST, we’re filled with gratitude for the first responders who rush in to face disasters head-on while others run away. Firefighters, police officers, coast guardsmen, volunteers – as a nation, we are indebted to these groups of extraordinary individuals who are willing to put their own lives at risk in order to help others.

As the country continues to process Hurricane Sandy’s impact, stories of horrific loss are matched with tales of incredible bravery. Often brandishing little more than an emergency LED flashlight and their own courage, first responders across the East Coast saved thousands of people from dire circumstances, often while their own families were also struggling with the storm’s aftermath. Here are a few of our favorite examples: (more…)

National Preparedness Month: Be Prepared with LED Lanterns, Flashlights and More

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Hurricane Isaac Near LandfallSeptember is National Preparedness Month, and although it’s almost over, it’s not too late to start preparing your home, car and office for a potential emergency. Americans run the gamut in terms of how they approach disaster preparedness. For some, creating an emergency kit means stashing a few LED flashlights around the house. On the other end of the spectrum, staunch survivalists known as “preppers” spend small fortunes on building and stocking their own emergency bunkers.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency encourages families and businesses to aim for something between the two extremes: creating a disaster plan and stocking enough food, water and supplies for a three-day emergency.


COAST Emergency Area Lights (EAL) Put Focus on Disaster Prep Kit

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Earthquake Survival KitIf there’s anything the recent flooding in Florida and devastating wildfires in the western U.S. have taught us, it’s that disaster can strike at any moment, without a smidgeon of warning. Indeed, across the globe, those who are in the path of floods, earthquakes or fires rarely get much of a head start. In Russia’s recent flooding, many families had virtually no warning of the coming floodwaters. In Colorado’s recent rash of wildfires, a telephone system intended to warn residents failed to function properly. And many Japanese in 2011’s devastating tsunami had just 15 minutes of warning.

When time is the only thing that stands between your family and an impending disaster, it’s extremely helpful to have a pre-packed disaster prep kit (sometimes called a BOB, or Bug Out Bag) ready to go. That way, even if you only have a five-minute head start, you can grab your bag and run, knowing your kit contains all the essentials you’ll need for two or three days away from home. (Typically, this is the maximum amount of time needed for government agencies and nonprofits to lend a hand to disaster victims.)


High Power LED Flashlights: Important Equipment for Tornado Season Preparation

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

nssl0054Tornado season is on the way. In the United States, tornados tend to move northward; they may be spotted from late winter to mid-summer, according to the specific area. Northern states see the most powerful tornados touch down in June and July, while tornado season in Gulf coast states tends to be strongest in the spring. Tornado Alley, a strip of land across Oklahoma, Texas, Nebraska, Kansas, southern Minnesota and South Dakota, typically sees the most severe storms in late spring.

Whenever tornados most frequently appear in your area, it’s important to be prepared. This article reviews recent tornado statistics, and offers predictions on how this year will stack up. It also examines the advantages of including a high power LED flashlight in your tornado emergency kit. Finally, you’ll find a list of other helpful survival items to include in your kit, other than an LED flashlight.


End of the World 2012: Survivalist Guide for Preparation

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

21.12.2012 _DDC4836Dec. 21, 2012: It’s almost here. For some, this date signals nothing more than the final three days of Christmas shopping. To others, however, it’s considered the end of the world. It is the date on which the 5,125-year-long cycle in Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, closely associated with the Mayan Civilization, will end.

Many people interpret that to mean the world as we know it will come to an end, often referring to Mayan and Hopi Native American prophecies about the end of the world. Many major religions insist the world will come to an end at some point, as well, including Christianity, Islam and Judaism (although none of them indicate it might happen this year). Indeed, as the Earth’s North and South poles shift magnetic positions and a growing number of natural disasters continue to plague the planet, there seems to be plenty of evidence that major change is afoot.


Rapid Response Knives: What Is Blade Assist Technology

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Some people say humans are the most successful species on earth because we specialize. If each of us had to figure out how to grow food, for instance, our complex civilizations would not exist. Through trade and barter, humans have been able to achieve what we have Folding Knife Imageprecisely because we don’t have to understand everything about our lives. The new line of Rapid Response Knives with Blade Assist Technology by COAST exemplifies the accomplishments our species can attain through specialization.

Setting the Stage: An Overview of Blade-Assist Technology


LED Tactical Flashlights for Law Enforcement

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Issaquah WA Police Car - (Public Domain) ImageFor law enforcement professionals, LED flashlights are more than just handy gadgets – they’re crucial tools for investigation, applying non-lethal force and accurately aiming firearms. Tactical flashlights may be integrated into weapons, but most of the time police officers and other law enforcement personnel carry separate LED flashlights, which can be used for everything from non-lethal crowd control to checking the sobriety of a driver.

The bright beam of an LED flashlight in the eyes is often enough to stop a criminal in his or her tracks. Perhaps law enforcement experts’ most critical use of LED flashlights is in illuminating high-risk situations. If you’re pursuing an armed assailant, an LED flashlight can make a life-or-death difference. Below is a look at how law enforcement professionals can benefit from LED flashlights. (more…)

Creating Future Campers: How to Teach Kids Camping Safety

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

preparing-campfireKids can learn a lot from a good camping trip. From applying basic navigational abilities to playing LED flashlight tag, there are a plethora of useful skills to be gleaned from a family camping expedition. An important one is how to remain safe when out in the wilderness. Below are suggestions for how to teach kids about camping safety.

Educating Youngsters on How to Pack for Camping