Disaster preparedness. Radio, flashlight, and cell phone charger. Solar or hand-crank power

American Red Cross solar-powered, self-powered AM/FM/weatherband portable radio with flashlight and cell phone charger. Available from Amazon for $32.99. By Eton Corporation.

Imagine what this could do for people in Haiti. ISPs and cell carriers are still operational. Twitter and texting are the short-wave radio of our time, getting vital information out when few other sources can. But you can’t text friends on the mainland from Haiti that you just pulled grandpa out of the wreckage alive if the power is out in your area, landline phones are down, and your cell phone battery is dead. However, with hand-crank technology, now you can. It’s way old-school. And utterly reliable.

It has AM/FM/Weather bands and can be powered by solar or hand-cranking (as well as AC and batteries.) It also has a flashlight and you can recharge cell phones via a USB port.

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