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Being lost in the woods or the desert is never a pleasant experience. Fear, panic, anxiety, and distress are just a few of the emotions that will flood through your mind as you to try to figure out a safe plan to expedite your rescue. You might be able to discern the immediate weather by merely looking onto the horizon for obvious signs of change — clouds, wind, fog — but what about tomorrow?

The seven preset WX weather bands are easily accessible, and it will alert you to a weather incident via a tone and the LCD display.

The seven preset WX weather bands are easily accessible, and it will alert you to a weather incident via a tone and the LCD display.

The weather patterns of many remote locations change at the drop of a hat. On one side of the mountain are rainstorms, while the other side is clear as a bell. To remove all doubt about what will be in store for you — whether you’re in an emergency deep in the brush or while sitting on your couch — having reliable information at your fingertips is essential.

The Midland ER200 emergency crank weather radio can help.

The ER200 also features the traditional AM and FM frequencies, and this compact radio has a very clear reception of local radio stations. This device also provides a Cree LED flashlight with high and low beams, and an SOS flash setting. The high beam provides 130 lumens of light.

When the battery is dead, a few minutes of cranking will replace enough power to return the radio to life again.

When the battery is dead, a few minutes of cranking will replace enough power to return the radio to life again.

You won’t have to worry about running out of batteries because the ER200 can be charged by the attached solar panel on its top, from any USB port, or by cranking an integrated handle on the back. The included cable even allows you to charge smartphones and tablets using the radio’s rechargeable (and replaceable) 3.7 VDC Lithium-Ion battery.

At 6.5 x 2.8 x 1.9 in size, it is compact enough to earn space in any emergency pack or with your regular camping gear

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