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An emergency manager trying to make a difference.

The name of the blog comes from a conversation with my daughter, where she told me that I was always looking to help people be prepared for the inevitable emergencies in life.

I started this blog as a place to assemble all the information that I was getting every day and to share my thoughts and ideas on emergency management.

I had no idea how much of the blog would wind up being what's in the news. While it does not take a lot to add a blog entry, I just did not realize how much of my day was involved with simply keeping up with what's going on. All of the posts, whether what's in the news or comments or just a piece of information, have a purpose; to get us thinking, to get us talking, and to make things better - in other words, to make a difference.

Hopefully this blog will save you some time and energy, or help you in some other way. If you would like to see something, please let me know.

Posting an article does not imply that I agree with the comments in the article. In fact, in many case, I do not agree, but feel that the comments should be part of the discussion. All opinions are welcome. I only ask that you remain considerate and professional of other opinions.


Favorite Quotes for the Emergency Manager

  • “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • “Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.” Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • “Failing to plan is planning to fail”
  • “Expect the best, plan for the worst, and prepare to be surprised.” Denis Waitley
  • "Station 51, KMG365."
  • “One of the true tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.” Arnold H. Glasgow
  • “An ostrich with its head in the sand is just as blind to opportunity as to disaster”
  • “The powers in charge keep us in a perpetual state of fear keep us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor with the cry of grave national emergency. Always there has been some terrible evil to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it by furnishing the exorbitant sums demanded. Yet, in retrospect, these disasters seem never to have happened, seem never to have been quite real.” Douglas MacArthur
  • “My ideas have undergone a process of emergence by emergency. When they are needed badly enough, they are accepted.” Buckminster Fuller
  • “Bad planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part”
  • "If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, ..." Rudyard Kipling
  • "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." Aldous Huxley

Saturday, March 7, 2009

TECHNOLOGY TIPS: Cell phone emergency chargers

An updated version of Murphy's Law states that your cell phone battery will die on you when you need it the most. Murphy also says you'll be stranded with no charger, no power supply, and no spare battery.

You're on the scene of the big one, things are moving fast, you have a bunch of people to notify, you have to make sure everything is coordinated - and your cell phone dies. Oh, it must be the battery. Gee, why is this battery not charged? That's okay, you have the mobile charger. Oops, the cord got damaged, so it will not work. Plug in the USB cord to your laptop? No, I need what's left on the laptop battery. What's left?

Your final level of back-up - an emergency charger. Toss in a regular battery, wind up the crank or find the sun and you are back to saving the day.

ElectroHiFi SOS Charger: The SOS Charger is a portable, hand-crank generator designed to charge your cell phone in emergency situations. No batteries necessary, just turn the handle. A simple 3-minute turn of the SOS Charger handle will give you enough battery power to call for help. $20

IST Sidewinder Portable Cell Phone Charger: The manufacturer says that two minutes of charging will provide 'up to' 6 minutes of talk time and 'up to' 30 minutes of standby time. This unit also includes a miniature flashlight. $25

Solio Universal Solar Charger: The internal battery can be charged via a conventional wall charger or directly from the sun. Charging from the wall is a straightforward process, and should get a full charge in about 6 hours. Solio's makers promise you'll be able to fully charge the device with 8 to 10 hours of direct sunlight; 60 minutes of sun will power your phone for about 10 minutes of talk time and four days of standby time. $79-95-$169.95

CPS Cellbost: The Cellboost specs claim that the device packs enough juice for 60 minutes of talk time or 60 hours of standby time. Once its charge is depleted, however, you can't recharge the Cellboost; instead, you'll have to toss it in the trash and pony up for another one. $10

Clipper Gear Cell Phone Emergency Battery Recharger: The Clipper Gear is compact and light. With it, a 20-minute charge yields 25 minutes of talk time, and it uses 4 replaceable AAA batteries. $9.95 with four adapters to fit into many popular cell phones. Additional adapters for other phone models are $1.50 each.

Pop in a single AA battery (alkaline, lithium, or even rechargeable), plug in the short connector cable, and hook it up to your cell phone's charging port. Two red LED's start flashing on the top to let you know it's providing power to your phone. The LED's go out when the AA battery is discharged. $24.99

Turbo Charge Tc2: The Turbo Charge runs on regular AA batteries, and deliver anywhere from two to five hours of power; the exact time will vary by phone model. The TurboCharge comes with a set of eight power connectors that should fit most, but not all, cell phones on the market. $24.95

Energizer Energi To Go: The Energizer Energi To Go is optimized to run off lithium batteries, and it won't work with all cell phones. Energizer sells adapters for most Samsung, Sprint, Motorola, and Nokia handsets, while a USB version is available as well. Energizer claims that 80 percent of cell phone brands are supported. $14.99

HTC Emergency Charger: It gets power from a 1.5V AA battery and is compatible with a number of HTC smartphones, including the HTC Touch Pro. $19.95

NOTE: Review the pros and cons of these units, look up the latest reviews on the internet, and check out the prices. An example is the CNET review from 2006 found at . Also, try the charger out ahead of the emergency, to make sure you have the right connector for your phone.

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