This step by step tutorial of how to build a solar powered radio for 5 dollars into a solar powered emergency preparedness tool to be used as a last option when electricity (power) is knocked out. A solar powered radio can be recharged daily so it can be used to hear communications from emergency broadcast system and rescue services.
These are the best of times; these are the worst of times. Borrowing from the popular Charles Dickens’ quote, it always pays to be ready for any emergency or eventuality.
It uses a solar powered house walkway light stake to be taken apart and re-purposed into a solar power cell instead of using batteries. Seriously, test your radio out ahead of time. Better you see if it’s working now than after you take it apart.
One essential item in any emergency kit is an emergency radio. It’ll allow you to get weather and disaster alerts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), so you’ll be ready for and aware of anything happening in your area, from fires and tornadoes to Amber Alerts and chemical spills. This project can be placed at ‘moderate’ level of difficulty.