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Electricity is something we depend on nearly every day. In fact, we use it so often that we don’t realize just how much we rely on it. If you don’t believe me, think back to the last time there was a power outage. How many times did you try turning on a light fully expecting it to turn on? Or were you repeatedly surprised when your electronic devices didn’t work? We are so accustomed to having electricity that we don’t know what to do without it.

In some circumstances, we have to go several minutes or hours without electricity, but in the aftermath of a natural disaster, power can be out for days. It is important to be prepared for this type of situation. When you think of emergency preparedness, most likely you think about storing food and water. But almost just as important is storing energy. Though you can’t store electricity itself, it is possible to prepare for a power outage by having access to alternative forms of power.

A common way to maintain access to power during an emergency is by having a generator. Generators come in all shapes and sizes. There are small portable ones that can keep small devices such as cell phones and computers working, larger ones that can keep appliances such as refrigerators and freezers running, and there are even generators that can power an entire home. Generators work by converting some other form of energy into electricity. Most generators are powered by gasoline. If you choose this route you will want to look into the laws in your area regarding the storage of gasoline.

Another type of generator is powered by solar energy. Assuming the disaster doesn’t involve the destruction of the sun (in which case we’d all be dead anyway) solar power is a source of energy that we can always rely on. The advantage of a solar powered generator is that you don’t have to store gasoline and they run quietly. The eFoods store has a number of solar powered devices from battery chargers that can keep AA and AAA batteries charged for your flashlights and other battery operated devices, and large generators that can power major appliances.

There are a number of practical reasons to have access to electricity during an emergency. A refrigerator or freezer that is full of food becomes useless in the event of a loss of power. A generator can keep those appliances running so that those foods can be preserved. Electronic devices such as cellphones can only hold a charge for so long. A generator can allow you to keep your phone charged so you can continue to use it throughout the duration of an emergency. Cellphones are especially important to have during an emergency. For one, even when electricity is shut off, cell networks remain intact. A cellphone can be used to make calls to family members or emergency personnel.

If you don’t already own a smartphone, it is a great investment for emergency preparedness. A GPS app can allow you to always know where you are and how to get where you need to go even if you don’t have a map. A smartphone also keeps you connected to the internet so you can stay up to date on information about the disaster or emergency situation. Finally, there are literally hundreds of survival guide apps that can teach you valuable skills to help you get through virtually any situation.

So if you haven’t thought much about power as one of your emergency supplies, it’s time to look into generators so you can be prepared for any situation that could arise.

Source:

http://www.survivalblog.com/2011/04/using_your_smart_phone_as_a_su.html

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