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Steps toward Emergency Preparedness
Civilization’s come a long way since our ancestors learned to harness fire – we drive cars, fly planes, and communicate with each other instantaneously across the globe – but Mother Nature can still remind us who’s boss from time to time. Every region of the country and the world faces the threat of a natural disaster. Snowstorms can bring down power lines in the Northeast; floods and hurricanes make seasonal visits to the coasts and the heartland; and anyone in a state that has the Pacific Ocean as a neighbor knows what to do when the ground starts shaking. But today, it’s when the storm dies down, or the earthquake ends, that the real challenges begin. We all need a plan to ride out the strains on normal life that accompany any natural disaster.
The United States Department of Homeland Security publishes a list of items to keep on hand in the event of an emergency at www.ready.gov. The government’s list includes three days’ worth of food and water, a first aid kit, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio to listen for emergency bulletins, local maps, a whistle to signal for help, and a portable, battery-powered light source. Most items will be available at grocery or home supply stores, but one useful alternative to a flashlight is available only over the internet.
The Stick Up Bulb combines the portability of a flashlight with the power of a lamp. This battery-operated solution works both as a stationary light – it can illuminate an entire room from its stable base – and as a flashlight, thanks to its compact, portable design. The Stick Up Bulb, in fact, often serves as a permanent light source in rooms that didn’t have sufficient lighting to begin with – places like attics, closets, and sheds. Its wireless design lets the Stick Up Bulb transition effortlessly and conveniently from a fixed, conventional light source to a versatile combination lamp-and-flashlight.
The Stick Up Bulb can play an important role in emergency preparedness, but it represents, of course, only one step in this vital process. Every household should keep a working supply of all the items recommended by the Department of Homeland Security at home, and should keep a smaller version in the car. We can’t prevent natural disasters yet, but we can prevent their aftermath from harming the things that really matter: people.
Additional information on the Stick Up Bulb is available at www.stickupbulb.net.
About the Author: S. Tzirlin is a freelance writer dedicated to bringing people news about the latest, most exciting products.