Powering Your Devices: The Importance of Communicating in a Disaster

All we need to do is take a look around to understand how important our electronic devices have become in regards to connecting with others. Many of us probably have a cell phone, a laptop, maybe an iPad, or perhaps a satellite radioplayer. These advanced forms of communication have changed the way we gather and share information.

Now think about all the invisible technology out there that ensures a person’s ability to utilize these devices.There are power lines buried under cities, armored fiber optic cables on the ocean floor, cell phone transmitters the size of a Fuji apple, and satellites orbiting the planet. This is how modern communication works, and although it’s not invincible, it has certainly become more resilient over the last several decades. But while there’s no doubt that an earthquake could topple a cellular tower or sever a cable line, the truth is that out of all these amazing forms of connectivity, the one we loose access to more than any other is power.While a phone or Internet outage is typically something beyond your control, loosing access to power doesn’t have to be. If the lines of communication are open but all you have in your possession is a cell phone with a dead battery,or a computer that you can’t power up, that innovative technology that we rely on so heavily won’t do us any good.Having control over the ability to access unlimited amounts of energy will change the way people feel about being prepared for an emergency, and advancements in portable solar panels and solar power batteries make it easy and affordable to do. Besides being a practical solution for providing access to light, heat or air conditioning, portable solar chargers can provide an anywhere, anytime means of recharging the devices that provide us the ability to reach out for help when we need it, and keep in contact with family and friends. Is there a more important time for all of our devices to be working than in an emergency? I can’t think of one. All of the GOAL ZERO products offered through WFI provide a simple, reliable way to capture and store solar energy, and that means as long as there is a sun in the sky there’s no need to worry about providing power to the many devices that keep us connected.-Jared Matkin is a Salt Lake City based freelance writer and outdoor enthusiast who is continually on the lookout for innovative and usable products designed to help improve the way we live.

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