Whether you live in a hurricane, flood, earthquake or tornado state, you know that being prepared for the worst is better than expecting for the best when a disaster rears its ugly head. There are certain tools we always keep on hand and ready to go for these short notice emegencies. In the event of a catastrophic situation where time is a luxury, we need to be mobile and equipped.
Important papers should be kept inside a waterproof container. If you don't have a Pelican Case, that's fine, a heavy duty Tupperware will do the trick. Just make sure you place the paper documents inside a zip-lock bag first and then, place them in the plastic box.
Flashlight. We covered this in the past. Try to make your selection an LED light, since they last longer and illuminate brighter; pack some batteries for extra measure.
Cellphone/electronics chargers: we now have a wide selection of hand crank chargers, like the Super Battery. This eco-friendly device could just save you right when you need your cell phone the most, and is great for anyone who spends a lot of time on the road and away from usable outlets. Costing $39.95, the Super Battery comes complete with the necessary adapters for a variety of cell phones and many other USB devices, so you can charge your MP3 player when you go camping.
Solar chargers are very good too and you can leave them during the day to charge your devices...
...or you can also DIY your solar version too! Also remember to have regular wall chargers and car units too.
Think about having a bicycle to use in emergencies if you don't have one already. Gas and electricity are at a premium when a disaster occur and you may without power for 2 weeks. With a bike available, you can be mobile without needing or using any gas that you may need later.
GPS units and of course your cellphone: always keep them charged. You don't want them to run out of juice when you need them the most.
Battery operated AM/FM radio, like this Dynamo Emergency Crank Radio with NOAA Bands from RadioShack, you can listen to local radio stations and NOAA bands on this AM/FM/WX radio. The emergency crank generator provides light and radio power without batteries, making it a must-have for emergencies. It can also charge wireless phones (tips sold separately). Telescopic antenna provides superior signal tuning. That's the best way to keep you informed of what's going on. (don't forget a tiny multi tool)
If you have the space, consider an electric power generator like the Honda EU3000iSA. Producing 3000 watts/120V output, the EU3000iSA operates quietly and can be easily turned on with an electric starter. When the lights go out, it's more than just an inconvenience; a power outage can result in spoiled food, lost work time, affect your security and increase the likelyhood of damage to your home. With a generator, you can power 3 large appliances (microwave, refrigerator and portable AC unit). Your home can get really hot without AC for 2 days. Just be careful and never place it inside a home. Follow all safety guidelines in the manual.
Lastly, cash is king. Your Paypal account, ATM's and debit cards are useless without power, so use your cash to buy supplies or barter some of that solar or generator sourced energy with your neighbors and friends!