How To Be Ready With Light When The Power Goes Out

I decided to write this post today because we all need to ready when the light or power goes out. I read a comment from a reader that said his neighbor always borrows his flashlights and brings them back beat up or with chips of paint on them. I got the giggles, who would need to borrow a flashlight? Are you kidding, someone needs to borrow a flashlight? Okay, my friends, we need to check with our family, friends, and neighbors and make sure everyone has a flashlight or two. In my case, I have ten or more. I have several solar ones and a few that need batteries. If you missed my Emergency Bed Bag post here it is. You can easily make them from old pillowcases.

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How Can I Get My Neighbors To Be Prepared

Here is my dilemma, how can I get my neighbors to be prepared for the unexpected? I have mentioned to you before that I am asked to teach classes to churches, businesses, and subdivisions about food storage and emergency preparedness. As I stand in front of groups I can tell if a group understands the importance of working together as a neighborhood. Mark and I had dinner with friends last night and we started talking about the importance of neighbors working together as a team if and when a disaster hits our neighborhood. About six years ago I taught classes for one hour every week on Wednesday’s to whoever saw my sign outside that said “Food Storage Moms”. I then sent out emails and posted my message about the FREE classes on Facebook. I also tried to encourage people to gather their important documents and place them in a binder.

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What You Can Do When The Power Is Out

I have a few ideas today about what you can do when the power is out. We have crazy weather going on everywhere, and that reminded me that all of us at some time or another will be without power. It could be for 3 days, 3 weeks, 3 months or longer. I have some fun ideas of what you can do if your power is out. That’s all good, but I also have some serious ideas you may want to consider as well. I was honored to be asked to speak about food storage and water storage last night to a large group in a subdivision here in Southern Utah. When you see a large group like the one last night who want to learn new things about being prepared, you know people like this group will for sure work together should a disaster hit their neighborhood. Please be sure you have a light source, here is one I really like Goal Zero Lantern.

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Emergency Car Kit-What You Need In Your Vehicles

I have written about an emergency car kit and what you need in your vehicles before, but I’m adding more things this time. Please keep in mind I have one small car, a Honda CRV. After watching The Weather Channel non-stop for the last few days and the devastation that Hurricane Harvey has done to Texas, Louisiana, and surrounding areas, I realize I need more in my car. Here are my thoughts. I know what Mark and I would need, but if for some unforeseen reason we need to evacuate, my supplies need to be expanded to help others. I have always planned on helping others, but this 500-year storm has opened even my eyes to severe devastation. I personally have seen a roof torn off a home in Illinois, as well as headstones pushed over by a tornado coming through the town I was living in at the time.

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