Television shows and movies may be filled with people battling the undead in the zombie apocalypse, or flying sharks in the storm of the century, but real life emergencies happen every day. From hurricanes to wild fires, there are many threats that we can face in a moment’s notice that are not created on a Hollywood sound stage. Making sure that you and your family are ready to 1 Communicate 2 get to safety and 3 be prepared for what could be an extended period away from home.
Here are some ways Cobra products can help in an emergency:
On The Water:
When you are on the water you can really feel like you are on your own. It is important to perform regular maintenance to make sure that your craft is water-tight and sound, that you have enough fuel and that you have navigation equipment. But it is just as important to make sure that you are ready for when the unexpected happens.
• Flotation devices for every person on your craft
• A way to get in touch with emergency services such as the coast guard
• A way for emergency personnel to find you
The CobraMarine® MR HH 600 VHF radio with GPS & DSC is Cobra’s first handheld radio that displays your GPS coordinates on screen and will automatically transmit them when the DSC button is pressed notifying the Coast Guard or other vessels of your exact position in case of emergency.
This life saving radio features a floating design with an orange core so it’s easily visible when dropped in the water. The built-in flashlight and emergency strobe automatically activate when the unit is dropped in the water. Lastly, the MR HH600 keeps your cell phone safe and dry, and allows boaters to place/receive phone calls through the radio
For those who want the reliability of the CB, but don’t want to install one in your car, the HH ROAD TRIP adds the ability to communicate longer distances with a supplied magnetic mount antenna for highway use, plus instant access to all 40 CB radio channels, 10 Weather channels for up to the minute weather information 24 hours, Soundtracker Noise Reduction for loud and clear communication, all 40 channel scan and dual watch to monitor favorite channels, compact a rugged design, fully illuminated full function display.
On the Road
We’ve all become so dependent on cell phones for our communication, navigation and information that it is hard to imagine what you would do if you cell service went out for a significant amount of time. What are some things to think about when traveling to an unfamiliar area.
• When you are in an unfamiliar area it can still be vital to have a paper map on hand, perhaps not in urban areas, but certainly in rural areas where cell service can be spotty and access to water and electricity are sparse.
• Doing prep work by doing research on the area you are visiting in advance can help you if you encounter unfamiliar animals or plants where you may not be able just to Google it. If you know there are poisonous plants or venomous insects or animals, you can be prepared by having the correct items in your first aid kit.
o The Appalachian Mountain Club has suggestions of vital items to create a pretty comprehensive first aid kit HERE.
• As far as communication, making sure that you have communication that relies on technology that is not reliant on satellites and cellular networks can be the difference between getting experienced help in an emergency and being left on your own when you need assistance. Citizens Band Radio (also known as CB radio) is, in many countries, a system of short-distance radio communications allowing people to speak over long distances. https://offgridsurvival.com/cbradios/
The 75 WX ST is a super compact hide-away Remote Mount design full featured CB radio with weather channels, ideal for vehicles where space is a premium. Plus, instant access to channel 9 and 19, Dual -watch and all channel scan to monitor incoming signals, 4-channel programmable memory locations. The complete radio fits in your hand design.
When Disaster Strikes:
Watch the national news and you will see that mother nature can unleashed her fiercest, often when we least expect it. Having non-perishable food on hand, bulk drinking water and a way to operate small electrical items can make the difference between riding out the storm and fighting for survival. Power inverters allow energy to be converted from your car engines into AC adaptable power that can be used for powering your electrical devices when you have no access to a power grid.
The Cobra CPI 2590 is a professional grade 2500 Watt DC to AC power inverter. This inverter provides 2500 Watts Continuous and 5000 Watts Peak household electrical power, allowing you to power up office equipment and household appliances such as TV sets, coffee pot, a small microwave oven, a mini-fridge that draw up to 2500 watts at the same time from your car, truck, RV or boat
Ideal for the cross country professional driver or RV enthusiast that needs all the conveniences of home in the vehicle. In addition, it includes a 5V 2.4 A USB output ideal for using and charging tablets, smart phones and many other USB powered devices. The unit also features a digital display that illustrates the vehicle’s battery voltage and device connected current consumption in Watts on a large LED display.
The new Cobra JumPack™ XL H2O features two ways to jumpstart a car, one using the traditional jumper cables and a secondary option that allows the vehicle to be started through the 12-volt port (CLP) inside the car for a simple, non-intimidating jump start.
• It charges multiple devices
• Has an easy to read LED status light
• Has an emergency flashlight
Although it is impossible to avoid natural disasters, accidents and bad luck, it can make the difference in the end result. There are small things we can do including having the right supplies, having a well thought out plan and communication between families.
Check out some additional resources below::
• Downloadable pdf’s for you and your family to use when planning what your actions will be so you won’t need make decisions or plan in the moment, when communications may be cut off or not ideal.
• Depends on what your family looks like and where you live. For instance, do you have small children, pets or work long distance from the home?
• What you can do in advance with important documents and what insurance you need to have in case the worst happens.
• The site has what to pack, how much food and water to plan for
• Downloadable tools and templates
• Planning for your pet and special training tools for kids