This morning I woke up to the icky news of the possibility of a Hurricane. Really? Really?
A Hurricane? Doesn’t Mother Nature know I have an Autistic child and another with severe anxieties? Crap. This isn’t going to be pretty. I might need to be sedated after this.
So, seeing as this event is going to happen regardless of what I think or want, I did my little part in preparing for the eventuality.
It may come, it may not, nobody’s sure…. lots of wait and see’s, blah, blah, blah, cone of uncertainty, blah, blah, blah. Again, this is all useless to a mama with kiddos who need planning and warnings. What’s a mama to do? Weeelllll…the mama gets an Emergency Radio, that’s what!
I picked up the Midland ER102 Emergency Crank Weather Alert Radio at my local supermarket. It cost me $39.99 plus tax. There were two different ones to choose from and this is the one I liked best.
Some of the basic features which most Emergency Radios have are things like a clock, with an AM/FM radio, it has 7 weather channels, PLL drift free weather broadcast reception, freeze alert and it is promoted by NOAA.
But, this is a Special Needs Blog, so I wanted to point out the features which make this an ideal candidate for a Special Needs family, to be added to your home emergency preparations. Here is a list of why:
- The unit can be powered by batteries, ac adapter or it comes with a built in hand crank.
- There is a flashlight built into the unit.
- It has a USB connector (so you can recharge your cell phone) (or for freaked out kiddos you can connect the iPad for videos and games during the power outage. Just stock up on the double AA’s or get ready to put some serious time into that hand crank)
- There is a visual alert for the hearing impaired kiddos and families. The flashlight and LCD pane will light up and flash during an emergency to get your attention.
- For the visually impaired kiddos and families, it has a voice alert override which will automatically alert you.
The following are a list of reviews done by other folks, not necessarily Special Needs oriented, but just a general feature by feature review. (The first is a video on YouTube and the others are written reviews).
Stay Safe & Stay Informed! And if your in Florida…..DUCK!!!