Preparation for All Hazards

The northwest fires this season have been unbearable. Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and of course California have all been states that are greatly affected by these fires with more fires in other states across the U.S. popping up daily. So far this year, more than 7.4 million acres have been burned by wildfires. Firefighters have come from as far away as Australia and New Zealand to battle the blazes across the Pacific Northwest.

Photo credit: Trinity Ridge fire, August 24, 2012, photo by Kari Greer for USFS

Photo credit: Trinity Ridge fire, August 24, 2012, photo by Kari Greer for USFS





In our neck of the woods here in Northern California, Humboldt and Trinity Counties have been severely affected by these wildfires. Homes have been lost, gorgeous acres of hundred year old redwood trees are gone, livestock has perished, crops are destroyed and unfortunately it’s still not contained. The smoke in the area reminds us daily how bad fire season really is. The devastation hits too close to home.

In some areas nature took over, scattering dry lightning storms that has caused most of the destruction. Other areas were not affected by natural causes, but by not knowing the simple precautions to take to avoid a devastation like this, a disaster can happen at any time.

Current known wildfires sparked by lightning in the Humboldt County region. Graphic: Calfire HUU

Current known wildfires sparked by lightning in the Humboldt County region. Graphic: Calfire HUU

Everyone hears how important is it to be prepared, but how seriously do you take it? Do you have a plan? Having stored food and water is a priority for survival but what about staying informed when all communication is down? Radio has been a solid form of communication when cellular services were not available in the rural areas affected. Your local radio stations are the most likely sources for up to the minute information on what’s happening and evacuation information that’s critical for survival. This is why the all Hazards CC Radio 2 E is a necessity to have on hand during any emergency.


Here are a few great tips to help avoid the start of wildfires:
• Design and landscape your home with wildfire safety in mind. Select materials and plants that can help contain fire rather than fuel it.
• Regularly clean roof and gutters.
• Inspect chimneys at least twice a year and clean them at least once a year.
• Install a dual-sensor smoke alarm on each level of your home, especially near bedrooms; test monthly and change the batteries at least once each year.
• Teach each family member how to use a fire extinguisher (ABC type) and show them where it’s kept.
• Clear items that will burn from around the house, including wood piles, lawn furniture, barbecue grills, tarp coverings, etc. Move them outside of your defensible space.
• Identify and maintain an adequate outside water source such as a small pond, cistern, well, swimming pool, or hydrant.
• Have a garden hose that is long enough to reach any area of the home and other structures on the property.
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No matter what the emergency is whether they are fires, snowstorms, floods, hurricanes, landslides, or earthquakes – any natural disaster, we encourage you to check your kit and plan and if you don’t have one, make one.

Let us help you start your emergency kit. Comment on our blog with the necessities you’ll need for your survival emergency kit for you and your family members. What do you want the closest members of your family to have to stay safe? One winner will have the choice of either the CC Solar Observer AM/FM/Weather Windup Emergency Radio or the CC Skywave AM/FM/Shortwave/ Weather with Aviation Portable Travel Radio in addition to the Power Vivid Pocket Flashlight and the Unit Plus LED Flashlight. One entry per person. Drawing will be held September 15th.

Congratulations to the blog post winner Emma for commenting on our post Preparations for All Hazards! You have your choice of the CC Solar Observer AM/FM/Weather Windup Emergency Radio or the CC Skywave AM/FM/Shortwave/ Weather with Aviation Portable Travel Radio. Congratulations and thanks to all who participated!

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Back to School Must Haves This Season

Whether your kids or grandBacktoSchoolkids are starting pre-kindergarten or taking their first steps into college this fall, send them back to school with the right gear and most helpful must haves for the year. We can help you find the best electronic equipment to keep your scholar connected through the entire year.

The Necessities

Radios aren’t just for adults
Give your kid the opportunity to open up an entire new world of radio listening. The internet is great but your kids may not have considered listening to the radio as an amazing wealth of knowledge and information. Kids love music on FM and their MP3 players but introducing a bit of AM talk radio into their lives may do major justice. The information is endless on the AM dial. The CC Pocket Radio is small and compact so the size will be familiar and it fits into any size backpack. The CC Pocket Radio offers AM, FM, Weather and Weather Alert. 

Why would my kid need a radio, they have a cell phone
Kids may have the impression that their cell phones will always keep them informed but whether or not we’d like to admit it, we all know an emergency can happen at any time and cellular communication may go down. A reliable way to stay informed at all times during an emergency is with an all hazards weather radio. Radio communication will always have the ability to stay in operation with reliable sources like Ham Operators. Ham Operators are local and have equipment ready to help coordinate emergency efforts. The CC Radio 2 E is C. Crane’s all hazards AM, FM, Weather and Weather Alert with the 2 Meter Ham Band Radio that will stay up and keep information flowing. The CC Solar Observer is also a fantastic emergency radio that comes with AM, FM, the Weather band and can be powered by using the built in hand crank, solar panel or by using regular alkaline batteries. It also comes with a built in flashlight and in an emergency it can charge cell phones.

A Flashlight can save your life
Having a reliable flashlight on your key chain or in your bag can be a lifesaver. The Power Vivid Pocket Flashlight is small, light-weight and will provide a large amount of light to see by. Never be too cautious when it comes to staying lit. The Unity Plus Flashlight is a beefier version. It’s larger and puts out more light but it can also act as a self-defense tool with its firm grip and rigid top. It’s the perfect combo of power, size and weight.

The Fun Stuff

Tricked Out Dorm Room
Turn any dorm room from a dull den to a chic chill zone by livening up the place up with a small and portable, Bluetooth® speaker. The Senta Ally Portable Speaker with FM will fill any room with rich, full range sound. Its generous battery time will last hours and hours. Connection via Bluetooth makes listening to music endless and it comes with all the cables necessary to connect to anything from cell phones, to tablets, to laptops.

Beef Up the WiFi
The School’s WiFi can be hard to receive and depending on location, almost impossible. A WiFi Antenna can be your internet savior. The Super WiFi Antenna 3 will receive a WiFi signal from hundreds of feet away and will significantly boost the WiFi to your computer or laptop. Couple the Super WiFi Antenna 3 with our Repeater to create the Super WiFi Repeater Kit that will connect multiple WiFi devices. Free WiFi normally surrounds campuses so a good WiFi antenna is a priority to stay connected.

Now that we’ve given you a few back to school tips, we want to know what your back to school must haves will be this school year. Let us know what’s on your school shopping list and you’ll be entered to win a C. Crane back to School Starter Kit filled with a few necessities any scholar would need. One entry per person. Drawing will be held September 3rd.

Congratulations to winner Paul Walker! You will be receiving the Senta Ally Bluetooth Speaker, a pair of CC Buds, the Power Vivid Pocket Flashlight as well as a pair of AA batteries.