Archive for the ‘Survival’ Category

All about Wildland Fire Fighting

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Using fire to fight fireOne of the things we at COAST are most proud of is that firefighters (among other public service personnel) often choose our tactical LED flashlight models for use in the field. Because firefighting is such a demanding job, an LED flashlight for tactical use must meet much higher standards in terms of power, utility and durability than a flashlight intended for general use.

Of the different types of firefighters out there, wildland firefighters have one of the most rugged and potentially dangerous jobs in existence. Wildland firefighters battle uncontrolled wildfires, often located in the middle of nowhere; their job requires different equipment, training and techniques than firefighting in more populated areas. For example, an urban firefighter will use a powerful tactical LED flashlight for searching burning buildings, whereas a wildland firefighter will more commonly need illumination for navigating outdoor areas at night. (more…)

Why Survivalists Recommend LED Flashlights for Emergencies

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Dark CavesEric LaMarque survived being stranded in the backcountry around Mammoth Mountain. Aron Ralston survived 127 hours of hell after becoming trapped under a boulder. We’re betting that these and other famous survivalists would recommend LED flashlights for emergencies, for the reasons listed below:

Long Run Times and Bulb Life


Emergency Kits: A 2012 New Year’s Resolution for Home Safety

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Earthquake Survival KitOne New Year’s resolution for 2012 all homeowners should consider is to create or update their home emergency kits. The safety and well-being of your family could depend on whether or not you have the proper emergency equipment. Be it a storm, earthquake or flood, there are many scenarios in which an emergency kit will come in handy. So get out that LED flashlight and head up to the attic (or down to the basement), and start assembling your 2012 emergency kit.

For starters, pick a large, sturdy, preferably water- and fire-resistant container that can hold your emergency kit. Make sure it has a solid lid and ample room for larger items such as a backup emergency LED lantern. Next, decide where you will store your kit and make sure there is enough room for everything to fit before you go about filling it.


Is Your Car Storm Ready? A Look at Multi-tools and Other Necessities

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Snow Storm, Near Cedar Breaks, UtahWhen disaster strikes, it is common to hear newscasts about preparing your home and family for an emergency, as well as creating an emergency preparedness kit that includes a multi-tool, LED flashlight and a headlamp. However, it is just as important to prepare a kit for your car in the event you get caught in a storm. A roadside or weather emergency generally occurs when you least expect, so it’s best to make sure all your vehicles are storm-ready now – and equipped with an LED flashlight or headlamp – before you end up wishing you had.

Making Your Car Storm Ready


Maintaining Your Winter Storm Kit

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Bokeh Snow tree branches in Massachusetts blizzardArtists often depict winter as a cranky old man – and for good reason. Winter weather can be harsh and unforgiving, and it isn’t unusual for severe winter storms to wipe out electricity and isolate families in their homes. During such emergencies, preparation is key. Read on to learn how to maintain your winter emergency kit and keep your family happy and safe while Old Man Winter rages outside.

Review Basic Emergency Preparedness Kit