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.
Posts Tagged ‘led lanterns’
This September marks the 10th annual recognition of National Preparedness Month. From Superstorm Sandy to Hurricane Katrina, the last decade has presented us with plenty of reasons to prepare for the worst. Even if you weren’t personally affected by these storms, hopefully every passing disaster nudged you to update your emergency preparedness kit. The CDC and FEMA are hosting events all across the country, partnering with more than 3,000 organizations and hoping to spur Americans to get ready for the next big storm, flood, fire, or earthquake.
When you’ve been blogging as long as we have, you come to realize which of your posts have been the most useful for readers. In the last few weeks, we’ve been reviewing our blogs on LED Lanterns. Based upon Google Analytics and Webmaster Tools data, we’ve compiled the following list of the most popular LED emergency lantern resources on the COAST Portland website. Whether you’re looking for a refresher on LED emergency area lights, or you just need some advice on what to look for in a good camping lantern, these resources will come in handy.
“Camping Lanterns: Propane vs. LED Battery”
This blog, originally published in April of 2012, has drawn over 1,800 pageviews in the period between June 2012 and June 2013, and we can guess why. It’s a helpful post comparing traditional propane lanterns and their modern counterparts, LED battery camping lanterns. The blog compares these two LED lantern options according to brightness, cost, safety, maintenance, energy efficiency, sound, and durability. A great read for those who are considering ditching their old propane models for slick new LED emergency lanterns.
The end of summer does not signal the end of hurricane danger. Officially, hurricane season runs between June 1st and November 30th of each year. Typically, August and September are the most active months for hurricanes. However, as last year’s Superstorm Sandy proved, it’s quite possible that severe weather could hit closer to Thanksgiving. And some of history’s most destructive hurricanes have made their appearance in the fall months.
Camping enthusiasts love to sit under the stars, listening to ambient sounds drifting in the background – the chirping of grasshoppers, the croaking of frogs, the crackling of the campfire. For many adults, these camping memories also include the hissing of a nearby propane camping lantern.
The propane camping lantern has long been the traditional choice for camping illumination. In 1885, Austrian chemist Auer von Welsbach invented the durable thorium mantle, which created the basis for 100 years of propane lantern technology. (Historians note that Welsbach was partially driven by the competition of the incandescent electric light.) The propane lantern became a powerful source of light, providing the equivalent of a 300-watt light bulb.
Pop quiz: Where do you keep your LED lantern?
If you’re like most people, it’s probably buried under an avalanche of camping gear, waiting to be pulled out for your next foray into the great outdoors. LED Lanterns are so heavily associated with camping that people often forget they can be useful in a whole passel of other situations. Here are five reasons to pull your LED lantern out of storage and keep it handy year-round:
There are plenty of camping enthusiasts out there – the lack of vacancies in popular state parks throughout the summer is proof of that – but for many families, camping is quickly becoming a dying art. Parents are busier than ever, kids are more interested in electronics than nature, and many people have simply lost interest in the great outdoors.
To help revive the tradition of camping for kids who don’t get outside as much these days, the National Wildlife Federation organizes an annual Great American Backyard Campout to encourage parents to teach their kids the joys of camping. Coming up June 25, the national backyard campout is also a great way to introduce young children to camping before taking them on an extended trip.