BALTIMORE - Lori Cheek always hoped she'd never have to use her disaster kit. Then, a storm hit.
SpareOne Emergency Phone ($99.99) : Freed from the need of power outlets, you can use the amazing AA battery-powered SpareOne anywhere within range of a GSM cell tower. Even without a SIM card, SpareOne has one-button emergency dialing (911, etc.), and can be geo-located in an emergency. This phone has up to 10 hours of talk time and keeps its charge for 15 years. Auto text reply means that if anyone sends you a text, SpareOne will reply with an automatic text response informing them that you cannot read text messages and can be reached via phone calls instead.
Solar Powered Water Bottle Cap ($19.99) : The lightest, brightest LED cap available. Turns your water bottle into a solar powered lantern. This small, lightweight (just 2.6oz) cap fits on any "standard" water bottle (2" wide mouth) such as Nalgene, Camelbak, GSI and most others, turning your bottle into a solar-powered lantern. With clean, green solar energy powering your lantern there are no more burned out batteries to worry about or replace.
Energizer LED Pop Up Lantern with Light Fusion Technology ($19.99): This lantern offers 360° area lighting, light output of up to 150 lumens, and 100 hours of run time. It is collapsible for compact storage and transport, the handle folds down to lock the lantern closed, and its height can be reduced to just 4". It is water-resistant and powered by four AA batteries.
American Red Cross Mobile Apps (FREE): The American Red Cross has released a series of disaster-specific apps to help notify you when a disaster occurs in your area, as well as find help and let others know you are safe, even if the power is out. There is also an official First Aid App, as well as a Find Shelter App.