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    With Co-hosts Diane Macedo & Kendis Gibson

    "Where more insomniacs get their news than any other source!"

    On these pages are gadgets I've shown over the past few years on the show. 

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    Important Gadgets For Emergencies to Know About - I showed on World News Now.

    If you missed the on-air spot I'll post a link to it here once it airs. 

    The poncho I was wearing and the Mylar Space Blanket Diane was wearing were included in the First My Family Survival Kit. This 1 Person survival kit is perfect for individuals, college students, etc. The rugged backpack contains enough emergency food, water, first aid and survival items to last 1 person for 72 hours. Food and water are U.S. Coast Guard certified and the kit exceeds Red Cross guidelines for emergency preparedness. It includes many other survival items such as a Life Gear LED Flashlight (which flashes red automatically when it gets wet), Emergency Whistle with Compass, Signal Mirror, Mylar Space Blanket, Weather Poncho, 24-Hour Body Warmer, Glow-sticks for emergency lighting, Medical Procedure Mask, Waterproof matches & Multi Tool Pocket Knife. This info is via the First My Family Survival Kit website. They also offer a 2 person kit at $89.95 and a 4 person kit at $149.95 - prices & items can change.

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    Meet the Eton multi-powered emergency NOAA weather radio.

    If you're looking for a weather alert radio that's compact, rechargeable, and has 3 power options, this is it. It's the Eton FRX5 BT. The BT stands for Bluetooth which means you can stream your music and podcasts through the built-in speaker. The FRX5 BT is solar-powered, battery powered, and when all else fails, can be crank powered with the onboard generator and crank handle. A USB port and 2,000 mAh battery lets you charge your smartphone and tablet. S.A.M.E. technology lets you set emergency alerts for your area via text message on the LCD screen, via 3 LED lights, or via a siren alert. In addition to the NOAA weather radio, there's also AM/FM bands. But wait, there's more. There's a built in flashlight, and at the top of the device, an up-facing soft light, great for tents at night. Both are dimmable, and there's a red emergency LED too. Specs via Eton include: Drop-proof from a height of 3.3 ft. (1m). Drop protection varies depending on drop conditions. Water resistant to IEC 60529IPX4. It is not waterproof and should not be immersed in water. Dimensions 5.8 x 7.1 x 2.3” (W x H x D) 14.8 x 18.1 x 5.8 cm (W x H x D) Weight: 1 lb 6 oz (0.62 kg). MSRP is $99.99, but it's on sale from time to time for less.  

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    A lightweight solar charger that can do some heavy weight charging.

    The Anker SunPower Solar Array I showed provides enough power to charge two devices simultaneously. Three industrial-strength PET polymer faced solar panels are sewn into a rugged polyester canvas and offer weather-resistant outdoor durability. Compact size (11.1 × 6.3in folded or 26.4 × 11.1in opened) and light-weight at only 14.7 oz. Stainless-steel eye-holes on each corner allow easy attachment to backpacks, trees, or tents. You can use t

    he Anker Solar Charger to charge devices directly, or you can add an external battery pack and charge that for use when there is no sun. MSRP is $99.99, but discounts are available. On Amazon, as of 5/21/18 it was about $66.00. Amazon prices can change at any time!

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    Versatile Solar Charged Lanterns That Fold-up & Light-up!

    LuminAID has a variety of amazing and useful solar products. I showed two of them in my segment.

    The larger one is the PackLite Hero 2-in-1 Supercharger. It's a solar powered inflatable lantern & phone charger that packs flat for easy carrying and charging on the go. Designed for rugged adventures and charging beyond the grid, the PackLite Hero lantern provides over 300 lumens of bright LED light on Turbo mode and can run for up to 100 hours on Low mode. It recharges via solar power in 16 hours of sunlight or by USB input in 2-4 hours. The 5V USB output port will recharge your phone in 2-4 hours depending on your type of phone. The 4000 mAh battery can recharge your phone 2-3 times on a single charge, also depending on the type of phone. MSRP $69.99.

    Here's the company website: (20% off Memorial Day 2018 sale here. Free shipping kicks in at $99 & above.)

    It's here on Amazon: 

    The smaller device we had on WNN was the PackLite Nova USB.This issmaller inflatable solar lantern. It provides over 75 lumens of bright LED light on Turbo mode and can run for up to 24 hours on Low mode when fully charged (no extra batteries required). The PackLite Nova USB can be recharged by micro USB input (cord included) or by the built-in solar panel in approximately 10 hours of sun. It measures 4.75" x 4.75" x 4.75" when inflated and packs down to less than 1" in depth. The PackLite Nova USB has a 4-level battery charge indicator and adjustable strap for hanging. Its 100% waterproof and dustproof design makes it a durable lantern that you can take with you anywhere. The PackLite Nova USB makes an ideal light for just about anywhere including the campsite, backyard and emergency kits. MSRP is just $19.99.

    Here's the company website: (20% off Memorial Day 2018 sale here. Free shipping kicks in at $99 & above.)

    It's also here on Amazon for $19.99: 

    Amazon links are Giz Wiz Links. You pay the same as everyone else but GizWizBiz gets a small credit to buy more stuff to show.


    There's a lot of free "emergency preparedness" information online.

    It all starts with a visit to

    Launched in February 2003, Ready is a National public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to promote preparedness through public involvement.

    Ready and its Spanish language version Listo ask individuals to do four key things: (1) stay informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses (2) make a family emergency plan and (3)  build an emergency supply kit, and (4) get involved in your community by taking action to prepare for emergencies.

    I was also glad to see there is "emergency preparedness for pets" too. After all they're an important part of many families, including mine.