Well, last year we were in the path of hurricane Irma. It pounded us directly overhead for 3-4hrs. We actually lost power12hrs or more BEFORE the hurricane was even overhead though... The wait was the worst part. Well that and the cleanup that followed. As of only last week, the final bits of the damage have been sorted and cleaned up. It was a MESS... But I learned a very VERY valuable lesson. CONTROL THE FLOW OF INFORMATION AND STOP THE PANIC! It came from all sides. Her uncle called us screaming "Get out or you will die, D-I-E DIE!" The newscasters sold lots of air time telling us how we were all likely to die. She panicked and wanted me to take her to the airport. It was closed. In Puerto Rico, well people actually did die. Many of our friends and family ran away scared. We had no choice and had to stay as she was recovering from hip surgery. SHe couldn't sit in a car for an hour let alone the 12+ it was taking to get out of Florida. The power going out was probably the best thing to happen, it turned the television off with all its overly sensational broadcasting. It meant nobody was calling us since we turned most of our phones off to save power. But we needed answers, so I powered up a Toughbook, tethered a phone to it messily, and started hunting for undoctored and real information. We were in evacuation zone E or something, WELL out of the danger for flooding and a couple steps from the "mandatory" evac zones. A little more hunting answered most of our immediate concerns. I came away from this with the realization that while we were way better prepared than most, we could have done better and had some problems to solve. Also, I think a cat 3 overhead is bad enough, not sure I would stay given the choice for a cat 4... Oh, and homeowners insurance is a joke, but that is another story. It really only protects against complete loss or extreme catastrophic damages.... I have some problems to solve before this season hits us. 1) I have to decide if my MK5 CF-19 is the best crisis option available. I have it on hand but it lacks a few things like backlighted keyboard. That is a SPENDY but kinda needed feature. Right now I am sitting in the dark with my Mac typing away. I can't touch type... So it has GPS but is missing WWAN card and no backlighted keyboard. 2) Factory GPS is partially installed but I need to get it working and figure out what software will be valuable to include. Here, redundancy is good. I won't use the cell phones as they suck for dedicated GPS. A laptop setup is better, but best is dedicated units. But my Garmins though simply do not have the punch through that a Toughbook does (Out on the road this is mostly a non issue though). So I need to figure out a few things: 2a) What options do I have on hand? (This one is rhetorical, I need to go dig through my junk lol!) I have a factory setup in my MK5, but I also have at least two different cards for my older CF-19 (the orange one). 2b) Factory antenna good enough? And I do need an antenna for the older machine. Not really sure if I need a passive or active antenna. 2c) Or, do I even care? While I want my Toughbooks fully operational here, it doesn't seem worth spending much for this. My first line will still be my Garmins. 3) I need internet. I do not like burning phone juice to tether. In a crisis, I would prefer to just grab the sim and pop it into the Toughbook. So I would need a T-Mobile compatible Gobi. I don't want an additional data plan, but my current plan is already supposedly unlimited. Is this even doable? If so, what am I looking for? They seem cheap enough, but there are so many to choose from and I am not well versed in the ways of Gobi lol... Let me also ask your opinions. Is a Gobi setup even worth the limited use planned? If it can be done easily and simply enough it gets a critical piece of gear (my phone) safely tucked away and off. Tethering did require me having a power bank plugged into the phone constantly last year. Tethering isn't out, but I would really prefer not to. And if tethered then the next item becomes even more important. 4) I need a power bank setup. I want a Goal Zero Yeti 150. Well I "want" a 400 or bigger, but the 150 is a hard enough sell as is. Are there other ideas that could work better, or be cheaper? A DIY option isn't out of reach as long as it remains fairly portable. A loose car battery with an inverter sitting on top doesn't quite fit the need. I do have to be realistic here though. I need either cheap, or SUPER good justifications for anything on this list. The computer is mostly for information and peace of mind, but there is a point where other supplies quickly outweigh in importance. We have a generator too. So once the storm passes, unless we are out on the road, we are powered back up. On the power bank, I really can't see needing more than 12hrs backup. 24hrs is a nice overkill. But not likely a storm will sit above us for more than a few hours.