Tuesday, September 13, 2016

September Preparedness Month (13)

We've spent quite a bit of time on getting to and from your house in an emergency, now we'll focus on sheltering in place. Most people will experience multiple power outages in their lifetime, and most people still won't plan for them. Go figure? We are going to focus on short term local power outages that do not require moving to a new location. The first item that should be purchased is a flashlight, preferably one for each family member or two each for kids under ten.

Beginner Level:

Walmart carries an LED flashlight, with batteries included for one dollar each. An even better deal is going to Harbor Freight with a coupon and getting a free one!

My personal favorite, the Energizer WeatherReady Flashlight, plugs into the wall outlet and automatically comes on when the power goes out. It costs about $9.00.

One task every day, one small task....for a better prepared community - K


  1. I have a tiny Coast flashlight, a single AAA battery LED model, that never leaves my pocket except when I use it, which turns out to be a LOT. It'll run for weeks on a single battery with even heavy usage, and has proven pretty durable over several years, although the belt clip finally broke off after getting hooked on the seatbelt for the umpteenth time. I've never been harmed by having a flashlight available, but I've dang sure been inconvenienced by the lack a few times.

    1. LOL. yeah, I was backpacking and went for a ramble near dusk and forgot to bring my flashlight. I had to wait a few hours for the moon to come up before I could bushwack my way back to camp. If I leave camp at noon, then I'm bringing my flashlight!

    2. +1 on this I have a little Gerber led flashlight(single AAA) on my key-chain. So even in the middle of work(business casual) I have a light on me.

      I think a lot of people underestimate how handy small on your body things like tiny flashlights and mini-bic lighters can be even in non-emergencies.

  2. I had a couple of these, grandson found them, now I have none. More next months shopping list, and a locking tool box, pad locked.