Winter is around the corner and it is a good time to remind ourselves to make sure we are prepared for emergencies. Let’s take a look at five of the most important things to include in your Bug Out Bag (BOB), the grab-and-go bag you’ll grab if a disaster hits.
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If you’ve never been camping with an LED lantern before, we recommend trying it! An LED lantern transforms your campsite into a cozy, friendly place. Board games around the picnic table are just awkward with flashlights; add an LED lantern, however, and you have a perfect playing field. Really, any time spent in camp after dark will be better with an LED lantern around.
Tornado season is just around the corner, and hurricane season isn’t far behind. Before the next catastrophe hits, make sure your home and workplace are equipped with LED emergency area lights. Remember, in the aftermath of a disaster, it may be difficult (if not impossible) to get access to energy. You will need reliable, energy-efficient area lights to get anything done – and to stay safe. Our COAST LED lanterns are an excellent choice, since they boast long run times.
“I don’t need no stinkin’ LED lantern! I already have an awesome LED flashlight!” If this is your attitude, think again. An LED flashlight is perfect for lighting your way around the campground or emergency shelter, but it doesn’t provide ideal light for changing out a tire or weathering a power outage. Emergency area lights – in the form of an LED lantern or two – are superior in these situations for several reasons.
First, an LED lantern is designed to hook overhead in your tent or stand solidly upright as you carry out emergency tasks. Second, our LED lanterns include flashing red emergency settings, perfect for alerting rescuers and rarely included in your average LED flashlight. Finally, LED lanterns are designed to shine light in all 360 degrees, while the beam of an LED flashlight is really meant to light a smaller area.
September 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.
If 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.)
Before you head out into the great outdoors for your next camping adventure, we’ve got tons of resources to help enrich your trip. From the hottest camping gear to the latest outdoor trends to safety tips and information, our blog is full of ideas and advice for campers. To help you find what you’re looking for, we’ve compiled the following digest, which highlights our most popular posts about summer camping:
Camping Lanterns: Propane vs. LED Battery. This article compares the LED lantern to its traditional propane counterpart in regards to safety, maintenance, efficiency, lifetime costs, energy concerns, brightness and durability.
What type of emergency LED light do you keep on hand for when you find yourself in the dark? An LED emergency flashlight is always good to have at the ready, but in an extended emergency situation, a mere flashlight can be problematic when you’re trying to light up a room or perform a task. Fortunately, that’s where emergency area lights come in.