You know how to get home, or to your safe-haven retreat location, but what if your usual routes aren’t viable? What if your smartphone GPS isn’t working. This article on maps is the first segment in a three-part series on travel during emergency situations. It tells you what you need to know about maps and compass choices, as well as GPS devices and smartphone apps. Its about being able to travel quickly, and getting to where you need to go, safely.
In an emergency situation a compass is an essential tool. Even if you have lived in the area for your entire life, the effects of a disaster can change the appearance of the terrain, sometimes radically. Landmarks can literally disappear. In addition to this, during a natural disaster or man-made problem such as social unrest, you may be forced to find a new route. In either of these scenarios, even if you have a good sense of direction, you will need a compass to get to your destination quickly and safely. Electronics fail. This article explains what you need to know now, while you still have the opportunity to get ready.
Even if the cellular system is down and you are unable to make phone calls, your smartphone can still be a useful tool. Keep in mind, too, that even when voice calls don’t work due to overloaded circuits, you still may be able to send text messages. It’s not unusual for texting to work even when you can’t make or receive calls with your mobile phone. Plus, there are voice, text, and other useful apps and downloads which can be useful even when the cellular phone system is down. This article recommends apps and gear to help you prepare now, in advance of the need.
Thanks to modern military research, it’s now possible for us to use eyewear which combines the features of sunglasses, safety glasses, military protective eyewear, shooting glasses, night-vision enhancing glasses, and even prescription lenses or bifocal reading glasses—all in one stylish pair of sunglasses. This article can help you jump-start your research and filter-out advertising hype, so that you can quickly select no-compromise all-in-one eye protection that you will actually use.
Clean looking water is often not pure. Don’t be fooled. Even clean looking, cool, clear mountain streams often contain giardia, crypto, and other illness-causing microorganisms. Similarly, rainwater runoff from roofs, as well as water gathered from farmland or manufacturing plants, may contain dangerous, hidden chemicals. Even normally safe tap-water and well-water can become unsafe due […]
Having access to personal records and identification during an emergency situation is important, but other documents, such as medical reference documents, equipment and product manuals, schematics, maps, and other reference materials may also be a godsend. If you are anywhere other than at home when disaster strikes, you may not have access to your laptop computer […]
If you have a smartphone and a “goTenna“ device, you can send text messages even when the cellular phone system is down or overcrowded. The goTenna partners with your phone, like a headset or your car’s hands-free phone system via Bluetooth, and then uses its built-in miniature 2-way radio (MURS) to transmit your text message to other goTenna […]