The old message used to be 72 hours, but we’ve seen in disasters like Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy, that wipes out your infrastructure, your electricity grid and your communications for weeks. It will be very likely be more than three days before you start getting food, water and other supplies coming in from outside – Plan for at least a week. You can’t rely on the government to protect you!
Having personally experienced one of the worst winter ice storm in Western North Carolina history (5 days without water or power), and the longest power outage in West Virginia (14 days without power), and the Northern California Loma Prieta Earthquake, 7.2, of 1989, I can share first hand what its like to be without power for many days – At home and on the road.
We’ve learned a lot of lessons during these massive power outages – some good, others not so good. You can read all the Survival Books you want, but there’s nothing like first hand survival experience to put everything into perspective – You Are On Your Own.
A must for any Bug Out Bag, the WR-335 combines multiple emergency features into one compact package. Digital AM/FM/Shortwave NOAA Weather Alert Radio, a powerful LED flashlight, siren, and cell phone, MP3, MP4, Amazon Kindle, Apple iPod, iPad, iPhone and USB charger. The WR-335 is a six way charger – Charge from any USB device, AC or Wall Power (AC Adapter Included), DC or Car Charger (Optional), 3 AAA Lithium batteries, Hand Crank, or build in Solar Panel.
You can use the BC75XLT to monitor police and fire departments (including rescue and paramedics), NOAA weather transmissions, business/industrial radio, utilities, marine and amateur (ham radio) bands, and air band transmissions. Of course, scanning the 32,000 available frequencies can be time-consuming and frustrating, which is why Uniden added such functions as Close Call capture technology, which instantly tunes to signals from nearby transmitters to help you detect and identify local signals, and a comprehensive memory that holds up to 300 programmed channels. Two AA NiMH Rechargeable Batteries can change inside the Radio. Runs on 2 AA NiMH Rechargeable Batteries.