Gadgets make dealing with hurricanes a breezeElectricity makes our morning coffee brew, cools the Florida heat in our homes and fires up all of our must-have electronic devices.
Welcome to the aftermath of hurricanes in Florida.
But it doesn’t have to be so bad.
Yes, hurricanes can be a way of life for Southwest Florida residents but it does not have to power down your world.
Every year, it seems, tech companies come out with new solar or battery-operated
devices to make life devices to make life
run smoother when the
storms churn and turn
the electricity off.
makers are available at many camping/sporting
good stores. Bass Pro Shops’ Web site carries an Eton Microlink FR160 Self- Powered AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio with flashlight, solar power, and cell phone charger for $29.99. The must-have device is available at www.basspro. com.
Bass Pro also carries portable and battery-operated fans. Check out the Texsport Portable Fan/Light for just under $25. And for those who want to keep a cool head during and after a hurricane www.batterysavers. com features O2 Cool’s portable 12-volt car battery-operating air conditioner. The seven pound machine costs $79.95. Stay hooked up to family, friends and emergency personnel if needed by snagging a T3 Portable Cell Phone Battery Charger, also at www.batterysavers.com. The device works with cell phones, IPODs and Iphones.
Thirsty and not too fond of long lines or getting price gouged for some H20? Having enough drinking water is of prime concern during and after a hurricane strikes. But so is having your sanity and cash.
First Water Systems has created purifying systems that let you filter water from a close source, such as a swimming pool and not leave your home. For more information, check out http://firstwaterinc.com. The Aqua pod — a bathtub liner that holds bathtub liner that holds drinking water — can hold up to 65 gallons. To learn about the Aqua pod go to www.aquapodkit. com/.
Now that the basics are in place in the event of a hurricane you can plan for the must-have hurricane party with a few fun items. Flameless candles help keep some light action going as well as create a bit of ambiance. Check out www. lamplust.com for a variety of battery-operated and rechargeable flameless candles in different shades, styles and sizes. Most are moderately priced.
When the storm has spewed her last rainsoaked breath and you are certain that life and limb are OK, it’s time to relax while you wait
for life to return to some sort of normalcy. Invite storm weary neighbors over
for a hurricane recovery party. The Daiquiri Whacker Gas Powered Blender can help meet your storm de-stressing event a success. This little gem can go anywhere you want it. Go to www.canningpantry. com to learn more.
And for those who just can’t get enough safety during a hurricane,
one company has seemingly created the ultimate in safety. The Quantum Sleeper is a bulletproof
bed that protects sleepers from bodily harm. Units come equipped with CD players, DVD players, a PC, a microwave and a refrigerator. For communication needs choose from cell phones, a CB radio or short-wave radios.
This super bed also has a ventilation system to ensure comfort and enough breathable air. It has a touch screen
control panel which allows you to control all the functions of the bed, according to its Web site thehottestgadgets. com. Cost — a cool $135,000.
One last must-have this hurricane season — a good sense of humor to help you wade through any potential storm. Cost — priceless.
— Florida Weekly Staff