The "Courthouse in a Gymbag" Solar Power Emergency Kit
US Courts are starting to utilize solar power as a backup energy source in the event of an emergency.
When an emergency happens, preparedness can save the day. That’s been the AO Office of Emergency Preparedness mantra to courts ever since September 11, 2001. Providing key decision makers with “go bags” is one way to ready them to dash out in an emergency, well prepared with the grab of one bag. Many courts have chosen to prepare with this “go bag” approach.
At the U.S. District Court, they call their readiness kit the “courthouse in a gym bag.”
In it are:
-A laptop set up for instant access to the Internet, to the judiciary’s virtual private
network (VPN), and data voice-over IP;
-A secure thumb drive with all key data needed in an emergency, accessible only with
the fingerprint of the authorized users—usually the thumb drive user, the court’s
COOP manager, and an IT manager;
-A long-lasting solar-charged battery pack;
-A car charger device;
-An adapter that allows anything with a plug to run off the power pack or car as power
-A digital recorder for judges to record key information during emergencies.
“How could you provide people with these resources as an emergency or disaster strikes?” asks Melissa Muir of Washington-Western. “The answer is, you couldn’t, not unless you’re always at the ready.
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