Breaking the vicious natural disaster cycle as more people become affected by their own polluting consumption
The relationship between natural disasters and the environment is constantly evolving and is progressively being better understood. Statistics show that natural disasters – tornadoes, earthquakes, drought, floods, hurricanes, volcanic eruptions – now kill about 100,000 people every year, directly during the storms’ rage themselves, as well as indirectly by impacting the livelihood of those living and working in the storms’ paths.
Polluting energy emits greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, which have been linked to climate change and the speeding up of global warming. Researchers have found that a direct impact of climate change is the alteration of the earth’s geology, atmosphere and sea, which, in turn, triggers natural disasters: melting glaciers that set off avalanches, floods and mudslides in mountainous areas and underwater landslides that can lead to tsunamis along coastlines, to name a few. And when natural disasters loom overhead or even strike, the earth’s population, addicted to their polluting consumptive behaviors, scramble to hoard supplies, energy and means communications, perpetuating the vicious cycle of disaster and relief.
Take the example of this past fall’s Hurricane Irma off the coast of Florida. Following Irma’s disastrous rampage, over 40 percent of Florida remained without electricity, without roughly 15 million Floridians or three out of four state residents lacking power at the height of Irma’s wrath. Among those who did have power, a lack of cellular phone service or internet access was a sore pain, sending communication addicted Floridians into dangerous, tree-strewn streets in search of a signal.
There are many takeaways from this horrendous event. Today, we will focus on two. First, we will discuss being prepared for natural disasters. Second, we will examine the importance of breaking the pollution - global warming - natural disaster - increased consumption cycle and will shed some light on how to consume power in a more environmentally friendly fashion.
When it comes to natural disasters, there is no such thing as being too prepared. You have to stock up on safe, clean water (by filling up your bathtub before disaster strikes and buying gallons of bottled water). Non-perishable food should be purchased and placed in a room less likely to be harmed by stormy weather. Plan to open your refrigerator as minimally as possible, to maximize the life of the fresh perishables inside. You will also need to figure out how you might remain powered up and connected to the outside world, should the local electrical system go down. The last thing you want is for your loved ones to begin to panic at dusk when the lights are out and the realization sets in that you will all be sitting in darkness until the sun begins to rise in the morning.
In our smartphone dominated era, it is imperative to have a working cell phone at all times. This is because your cell phone can be used to contact emergency services, let friends and relatives know you’re alright and the many applications that can be loaded to your mobile device can help you obtain the information you need to weather the storm like a pro. You want to make sure that you have an alternate power source to charge your and your family members’ cell phones, in case their batteries run own during a storm.
But when all is said and done, you don’t want to be consuming energy that keeps the vicious natural disaster cycle in motion. This barbarous cycle can and must be broken. While local authorities share a role in mitigating the disastrous effects of post-storm cleanup and consumption, you can do your part by employing eco-friendly devices to power up when the power goes out.
This is exactly what we had in mind when we developed the KaliPAK - Portable Power Solar Generator - supplying you with massive power, enough to provide a home with basic power needs and charge your mobile devices for at least a week. With the KaliPAK solar power generator, you also have the ability to flip open the solar panel kit and charge the generator while it is still in use, if power is not restored to your area within a few days, making it a clean, green, powering machine.
Originally designed to serve the Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) tactical teams, KaliPAk is rugged, sustainable and trustworthy, adhering to the strict US and UN safety standards and measures. So, before the next natural disaster strikes, will you power up with KaliPAK and prepare to communicate without pause and consume energy more conscientiously? With an eco-friendly solution that aims to break the vicious cycle of consumption and disaster and guarantees you’ll never be left alone in the dark. It is never too late. Act now