An emergency situation can happen at anytime, anywhere. How prepared are you?
Over the past decade or so our weather has been getting more and more unpredictable. Think back to Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy as great examples. I’ve lived in New York my entire life and I don’t recall a hurricane has horrible as Sandy.
It’s always important to be prepared for emergency situations. What if you find yourself without power for several days. Do you have an emergency energy source, water and food to sustain you and your family for a few days? My family usually has water and non-perishable foods on hand. We also have a solar cellphone and iPad charger so we can call for help if needed and have something to entertain ourselves (Netflix or Hulu on the iPad).
Here are some great tips from a company called LuminAID.
1. Check your food and water supply
Bottled water and packaged/canned food are the best in case your power goes out.
2. Check your source of lighting
Often people think they have enough batteries or candles to outlast the hurricane, but an easier and more sustainable source of light is the LuminAID solar-powered inflatable light. The LuminAID comes fully charged, so it’s ready to go at a moment’s notice. You won’t have to hold it like a flashlight, and it will last for over 16 hours! Its lightweight and compact design makes it easy for re-charging for hundreds of uses.
3. Reinforce your entryways
High gusts of wind and floating debris can easily break windows. Make sure you reinforce doors, windows, garage doors, skylights, and fireplace flues.
4. Have your things ready to go
If you need to leave in a hurry, make sure you’re prepared. Place all your important items in or around one bag. Wallet, cash, cell phone, car keys, first aid kit, a road map to your destination, etc. Keep these sealed in a leak-proof bag or at least a Ziploc.
5. Prepare your family
Make sure each family member is aware of how dangerous a hurricane can be. In the event your family needs to evacuate, you do not want anyone left behind or uninformed.
Even a bad snowstorm or torrential rains can knock out power lines leaving you and your family in the dark – literally.
A solar powered lighting source is a fabulous idea. It’s better then having to stock up on expensive batteries. Not only that it keeps those batteries out of landfills.
I was sent a LuminAID to review.
Here is a little more information about the product.
The LuminAID is a solar-powered light that packs flat, charges on the go, and inflates to create a lightweight, waterproof lantern. Originally designed by two architecture students to provide comfort and safety for victims of an emergency, the LuminAID provides up to sixteen hours of LED light and is rechargeable. weighing just under 3 ounces, it is an ideal light source for recreational use outdoors, emergency aid, or in the home or garden. LuminAID lights have been used all over the world in emergency situations and after disasters.
I love that it’s small, compact and lightweight. You can take with you anywhere. The one I was sent to review I gave to my husband to keep in the glove compartment of his car since he commutes to work, just in case he get stranded on the side of the road.
LuminAID comes in a small plastic Ziploc type bag. To use simple remove from the baggie, blow it up (there is a valve where you can blow it up with your mouth) and then turn it on. There are two setting (one is a little brighter then the other). You can have LuminAID up and running in about a minute.
LuminAID looks like a plastic “pillow” with a small control panel on the one side. The panel is where you turn it on/off and it ‘s where the solar panel is located to recharge LuminAID.
It’s recommended that you charge it every 2-3 months when not in use just to make sure it has a full charge for the next time you need it.
There is a small handle on the one side to make it easy to carry as well as being able to hang it up on a hook, door knob, tree branch or any place you need light.
You wouldn’t think by looking at it that it would emit a lot of light, but it does.
Here is the LuminAID in our hallway (hanging off the door knob) taken with my cellphone and unedited.
You can see how well it lights up the hallway. This shot was taken at night with no other lights on. Our hallway is about 12′ x 4′ (give or take).
By the way… those are not holes on the wall (towards the bottom on both side). They are Halloween decorations that I kept up because I thought they were cute (mouse and hole on the left – single mouse on the right).
Check out this brief video that tells you more about LuminAID and provides you with some other great examples of how it can be used.
LuminAID also has a wonderful charitable program called Give Light, Get Light. The LuminAID light sells for $19.95 but for a few dollars more ($27.95) you can purchase the light for yourself and another light will be donated to someone in an impoverished area where electricity is not an option.
Over the past year, LuminAID has distributed more than 5000 lights across projects in 15 countries. Our current campaign features partners who work in Haiti, Ghana, India, and the Philippines. See the Partner Organizations tab below for more information about our charitable partners. Your purchase covers the cost of one light that will be sent to you and funds the donation of 1 LuminAID light and all associated shipping and distribution costs.
Please note that this donation is NOT tax deductible. I think for just a few dollars more it’s well worth purchasing the Give Light, Get Light package to help out someone else in need.
You can also donate a light for a $10 donation.
LuminAID is great for everyone. It’s ideal to keep in your home, your car, RV, with your camping equipment, while you are hiking, college students and the elderly. They are ideal to have on hand in case of emergencies or when you need a little extra light (backyard party, camping…).
For more information about LuminAID visit www.LuminAID.com. You can also find them on YouTube, Pinterest, Twitter and Facebo0k (social media links found on the company’s website).
*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.