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How prepared are YOU in the event of a natural disaster?

 

As I write this I have my television on in the background. I am listening to information about Hurricane Dorian. It’s suppose to hit south or central Florida as a deadly category four storm. A category five is the absolute worst.

With a category four hurricane you can expect sustained winds from 130-156 mph. Many homes will sustain severe damage including loss of the roof and even some exterior walls. Many trees will be uprooted and toppled over. You can expect flooding in low lying areas and of course, wide spread

130-156 mph: Catastrophic damage will occur: Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls. Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed. You can expect wide spread power outages too, which could last days or even weeks depending on the area.

Scary stuff!

My father and step-mother live in central Florida. They are currently in Indiana visiting my step-siblings. At least I know they are safe, however, no one is home to keep an eye out for their home and property. My father did have the foresight to bring in all their outdoor furniture before they left. That was smart on his part.

I also have friends that live in south Florida. I am hoping and praying for their safety.

How prepared are YOU in case of a natural disaster? I know in a lot of cases people have some kind of an advanced warning, such as with a hurricane. However tornadoes can strike at any time, any where. If faced with a natural disaster, are you and your family prepared for the worse?

My family and I do have the basics – flashlight, non-perishable foods, emergency radio, water, first aid kit – but I know we don’t have enough. There are still more things we could use, and I am not sure if we have enough to last more than a few days (food, water). You should have at least a gallon of per person per day (for a minimum of three days). For my family of four we’d need 12 gallons of water for three days. That is a lot of water to find storage for. We live in a tiny condo. We have no room for anything.

You should keep all your supplies in a container (storage box, backpack, duffle bag…) so you can grab it quickly in the event that you need to flee your home in a moment’s notice. We have ours in a backpack. It’s very heavy, but it’s worth it to have all the stuff we need.

I know I do need to make sure our things are charged and we have working extra batteries. I need to add that to my “to do” list to check on them.

If you have pets, make sure you have emergency things for them too including water, food and toys/treats to keep them happy and comfortable (I’m sure they will be scared). If they have medication, make sure you have that in your emergency bag too. That would apply to anyone in your household who also needs medication. Make sure you have extra on hand in your emergency bag too.

In my family, ample lighting and a way to charge devices such as a phone or a tablet is very important. You need your phone to reach out to others, as well as to call someone in case of an emergency. You might also want to be able to do things online (if you have service) or watch downloaded movies to keep kids entertained. I know that has been a Godsend in my home – the ability to watch movies and read e-books to pass the time when we lose power.

You need light to see too, that is why it’s important to make sure you have plenty of working flashlights and lanterns. After all, it’s hard to negotiate the bathroom in the pitch black dark.

I received to review a handy device that ideal in emergency situations. It’s also great for camping, traveling and other situations. It’s called the myCharge Power Lumens. It’s a portable charger that not only provides up to 5x extra battery life for smartphones, but it also doubles as a high-powered, LED flashlight in case of power outages.

MyCharge Power Lumens has two USB-A ports, so you can charge two devices at the same time (with two kids, this is handy for us). This is a must have so that you can ensure your phone is charged to make emergency phone calls, and listed to any updates on changing weather conditions and emergency evacuations/information.

This device also have a 500 lumens LED lamp with four different brightness levels as well as a SOS function.

I should note that this device comes pre-charged, so it’s ready to use right out of the box. I did not know that at first (I didn’t read the box when I first opened it). I pressed on the light button, which turned it on. The lamp side happened to be facing me so when the light turned on it blasted me in my face. WOW! That light is BRIGHT! The device it’s self is not that big (it can fit in your pocket) but when it comes to brightness, this is a little powerhouse.

I appreciate that there are different brightness to the light. One of the settings is a bit softer, so it’s not as bright (less jarring on the eyes in my opinion).

On a full charge, the myCharge Power Lumens can provide you with up to 40 hours of run time before it needs to be recharged. I’m sure if you use the device to charge other things that will take away from the light’s run time, so please keep that in mind.

There is also a SOS flashing option which is great in the event of an emergency situation.

The myCharge Power Lumens also has a built in metal kickstand to help prop it up when using the light option.

I think this is a great item to keep on hand in case of emergencies, both at home and in your car. It’s also great for camping, tailgating and other situations.

I don’t see this device on the myCharge website. Perhaps because it’s new it’s not listed on their site yet. In the meantime you can find other handy products at myCharge.com. The brand can also be found on social media. All of their links are found on the top right of their website.

Are YOU prepared in case of an emergency?

What do you think about the myCharge Power Lumens? Does it sound like a device you would want for your home?

Kimberly

*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 anyway. 

About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.