Batteries for Emergency Preparedness
It's no secret that epidemics like the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) and other large scale illnesses and outbreaks can cause panic and hysteria among the masses. Whether warranted or not, people are stocking up on supplies that otherwise would not seem like much until you don't have them. Among the choice items purchased in mass is toilet paper, hand sanitizer, bottled water, and more. One thing we have not seen people stocking up on is batteries.
During emergencies, it's essential to have supplies that can last you several months to ensure you are covered. Batteries are an essential part of the emergency preparedness kit. Several types of batteries can keep you covered during uncertain times.
Pro Tip: If you have batteries in stock or have them set aside for emergencies, be sure to always check their freshness. Old batteries can get you into trouble when you need them most.
A Sample Of Batteries You Should Have In Your Emergency Kit & Emergency Plan
- AA Batteries & AAA Batteries - AA batteries can be used for many things around the house including flashlights, remotes, radios, walkie talkies, short wave radios and DIY projects like fire starters
- 9V Batteries - 9V batteries can be used for many things around the house including fire alarms, short wave radios, DIY projects
- CR123 Batteries - CR123 batteries can be used for many things around the house including home alarm sensors, security door contacts, night scopes, medical devices, and monitors, watches and clocks
- Coin Cell Batteries - Coin cell batteries can be used for many things around the house including garage remotes, car remotes, tactical scopes medical devices and monitors, watches and clocks
- 6V & 12V AGM Batteries - 6V & 12V batteries can be used for a myriad of things, especially when they are paired with inverters. Then you are no longer limited to DC applications. AGM batteries provide higher capacity and can run small lights, appliances, DIY projects, emergency power for life-saving medical equipment, and so many other applications.
The list above is not exhaustive, but it does give you something to think about and make sure that you are prepared. To fully make sure that you are prepared, we would suggest taking inventory of your household devices, medical equipment, flashlights, and any other thing that would be necessary or crucial if you couldn't just go to the store and buy it.
Most importantly - Do not panic, stay prepared and follow the advice of the experts.