Most of us are ill prepared for disasters. Just consider how most of us panic when – for example – a storm is on its way. We rush to the local grocery store, pick up highly perishable foods that we can never finish, or head to the hardware store to pick up ‘one of everything’. It’s simply not efficient.
While there will always be things you need to purchase on the fly, here is a list of things you may want to keep stored away so you are always ready for the unexpected.
Yaesu VX-8GR VHF/UHF Handheld
Remember how popular the HAM radio used to be? Maybe not. But it’s still the mode of communication used by everyone from amateur broadcasters to truck drivers (and even people trying to send messages into outer space). It’s especially reliable in disaster situations, as it doesn’t have to rely on satellites or cell phone towers that can easily go down during a crisis – allowing for uninterrupted relaying of information. This highly advanced handheld version is also rugged and water resistant, and includes the latest technological advancements including GPS and APRS.
Yaesu (www.yaesu.com) USD $389.95
Breitling Emergency Watch
When you’re stranded, and all you have is the shirt on your back and your trusty wristwatch, don’t you want your watch to be able to do more than just tell time? We think so too. Thus, the Breitling Emergency Watch is a no-brainer, as it – once activated – sends out an emergency signal out on the aircraft emergency frequency for nearly 160 kilometers. This one’s mainly for pilots, but if you can afford it, why not pick up this unique timepiece and some flying lessons while you’re at it.
Breitling (www.breitling.com) USD $6,710
Sure, any flashlight will do in case you’re suddenly shrouded in darkness. But if you want a REAL flashlight that is heavy and durable enough to double as a club, then the MAGLITE is your only choice. The rugged aluminum casing has been engineered to last a lifetime, and once you hold it in your hand, you will understand why this is the preferred flashlight for police officers, outdoor enthusiasts and fellow disaster preparers. Pick up an LED version for better power management and a brighter light.
MAGLITE (www.maglite.com) USD $54.95
Red Cross Emergency Preparedness Kit
Sure, you can gather up all the supplies you need on your own, but in order to avoid buying the frivolous, you may want to take a look at this kit. Put together by the Red Cross, this has all of the things you need in case you have to evacuate, from a flashlight and radio to protein bars and bandages. They have several styles, but we’re showing off the ‘vintage’ version for those who also want to be a little more stylish as they avert disaster.
Red Cross (www.redcrossstore.org) USD $59.95
Victorinox One Hand Trekker
When is a Swiss Army knife more than a Swiss Army knife? When it gets rid of all gimmicks and just gives you what’s truly important. This model has comes with a screwdriver, can opener, wire stripper, wood saw and a locking serrated blade that cuts through anything that comes your way. Sure, you may prefer a hunting knife that LOST’s John Locke may carry, but there is no denying how useful an all-in-one can be in a pinch.
Victorinox (www.swissarmy.com) USD $53.50
Coghlan’s Waterproof Matches
In a crisis situation in the great outdoors, what’s more crucial than being able to build a fire? No matter what weather conditions you face, you can always get a blaze going with some waterproof matches – many people swear by these, and consider them to be more reliable than your average lighter. And for the price, these definitely can’t be beat. You should be able to afford a waterproof case for them too.
Coghlan’s (www.coghlans.com) USD $1.98View Comments