If you have any problems, if you need anything, if we can help clarify some issue of survival, or if you’d just like more information on what it means to be a prepper, contact us today. We are happy to help you. We also understand that, quite honestly, being able to use the Internet as a way to prepare for a disaster is a luxury. In a real everything-hits-the-fan scenario, you’re not going to be able to use the Web and, even if you can get service, electricity for your electronic devices is going to be in short supply. It used to be that all you had to do to survive was have a big Rambo knife and some matches. But today, that’s not true. Most people don’t even carry so much as a pocket knife, much less a survival kit or a first aid kit. And when it comes to using the Internet, things are going to get difficult fast when the power grid is down.
Even those of us who are familiar with survival, survival methods, the tools needed to sustain yourself in an emergency, and the stockpiled goods that will get you through a crisis, like our electronic gadgets. There’s a good reason for that: Electronic gadgets are part of our lives just like the Internet is part of our communications infrastructure. Sure, we use the Internet for entertainment, but we also use mobile networks and the Web (a network of networks) to communicate with everyone we know, including our family. The number of text messages the average American sends is staggering. The number of phone calls he or she actually makes pales in comparison to the hours and the gigabytes of data transfer. We use our phones all the time. We’ve come to rely on them. And even though all of us know, deep down, that survival and “prepping” means acknowledging that in many situations we can’t count on our phones, we also know that there are scenarios in which we could and would use our phones if only we had power.
Power is one of the first things that goes off in a crisis. The other is the mobile network. When something goes wrong and everybody picks up the phone and tries to use it at once, that tends to swamp the grid, and suddenly nobody is able to get through. Keep that in mind. During an emergency, even if you still have power and even if your local infrastructure hasn’t been compromised, you may find that your network won’t work because too many people are trying to use it.
Understanding that you may want to be able to use your electronic devices, it makes sense to pre plan ways to recharge them when the electrical grid itself becomes unreliable. When Hurricane Sandy hit New York City, “charging stations” popped up all over the city. Many of these were put there by big phone companies, and at least one of them was the work of a startup company that specializes in charging stations. To see all those people and companies coming together just to help what were essentially refugees of a natural disaster charge their phones and tablets was pretty amazing. It demonstrates just how powerful the survival community can be when we all work together... which is another reason this site is so important, and the gear it sells is so important.
Of course what we also need to acknowledge is just how much our phones and electronic devices have become an integral part of our lives, even a communications necessity. It used to be the case that people had land lines, and when the power went out, the phones usually still functioned. These days, though, most of us have decided not to bother with landlines. If we don’t have access to our wireless phones, there is no way for us to be contacted. Without modern technology, you realize just how easy it is to lose someone in the world and never be able to catch up to them again. This is one of the reasons that searching for loved ones is such a trope in post-apocalyptic entertainment. Simply put, we have created an entire generation of people who wouldn’t know what to do, or how to cope, without their electronic devices.
In a disaster, you can charge your phone or tablet (and then access this site) in a number of ways. There’s always your car, if you have access to fuel and a vehicle to put it in. If you don’t have a car charger for your device(s), get one now. There are plenty on the market, some of which are power inverters that provide electrical outlets you can run off your car. Just make sure you are actually running the vehicle so you don’t drain the battery.
Another option is a purpose built charger. There are numerous solar chargers on the market. There are also chargers that work off heat, meaning they are either little stoves in which you can burn whatever you can find, or they are intended to be stuck directly into flames, converting that heat energy to electricity to power your device. Many of these have USB ports.
Yet another option is to lay in a supply of spare batteries for your device, and use the phone to charge them (although it is quicker to buy a charger intended for the batteries). This approach can be expensive because often these replacement batteries, or OEM cells, are very expensive.
Regardless of how you choose to deal with the need for power during an emergency, make sure you do the planning NOW, before the grid goes down and before you find yourself just a smartphone charge away from being completely cut off. You won’t always have access to the mobile network when a disaster strikes, but in plenty of cases, you will. If that happens, we will be here for you, and we will do everything we can to see to it you get what you require. Your survival is our business. You are very important to us.