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Preparedness Quick Tip #12: Let There Be Lots of Light – Lighting in an Emergency

When the power goes out at your house, do you find yourself scrambling for that flashlight you just knew you put in the drawer two years ago, just in case? Or can you put your hands directly on a fully charged flashlight in 3 steps, or a box of matches and emergency candles, or other lighting device within a few easy steps, with no fumbling, and with no worries that it won’t work?

PQT #12 - Let there be light!!

This emergency quick tip comes up because we did have a power outage this week. I was already in bed and the power went out. I opened my side table drawer, knowing that I had a flashlight at the ready so that we could begin to figure out what we needed to do next. But….why couldn’t I feel it? I know it’s there, I just checked it a week ago. I fumbled around in the drawer and still couldn’t find it.

One of my kids came into the room with their handy-dandy finger flashlights, to come check on me, and I had to borrow his to find mine! It was right there, just stuck between a tube of hand cream, a tv remote, my sewing scissors (and why weren’t they in my sewing box?) and other assorted junk that’s accumulated there over time. The flashlight just didn’t stand out.

I know, that if I’m in the living room or kitchen, I have a flashlight within about 4 steps of anywhere I am. In my bedroom, even if I couldn’t find a flashlight on my bed table, there is the lantern next to hubby’s side of the bed. In the kitchen, we also have an emergency lighting box in a cupboard. If we’re in our yard, there are an assortment of solar landscape lights that we can grab in case we’re heading into garage in the dark. The children have a light on their bed, tucked between their bed frame and mattress, they have lights on their dresser top (but that does mean crawling across their junkyard heap of a bedroom floor – which is a safety hazard of its own!) We have a flashlight hanging on the towel rack, one in the linen closet, and one at the front door. Is that overkill? I dunno, but I’d rather spend a little money to make sure we can see than scrambling around looking for lighting in an emergency.

We also have a couple of oil lamps that can then be brought down from their storage place to light the room, as well as a couple of camping lanterns, and a whole host of emergency candles with holders that can light our way once we settle ourselves into knowing what caused the outage.

It is important that you check your emergency lighting regularly. Even though you put a fresh battery in recently, there’s a chance the flashlight could have been turned on by being jostled, and ran out of juice. There’s a chance a circuit broke, and it just doesn’t work anymore. We check our lights on the first day of every month.

And as a quick tip part b, you can use your smart phone or reading device for light, too! I’ve whipped out my kindle before to give me a little extra light before! (and yes, our area has frequent power outages because it’s an older neighborhood that needs to be completely ‘rewired’)

Here are some of the fun lighting pieces we use:

Fingertip LED lights for an emergency

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These lights are really bright, and are perfect for our kids not only for playing with in the dark, but also using in an emergency. Just one was brighter than many of the smaller flashlights we keep around the house. They also make great stocking stuffers!

Glow in the dark emergency flashlight.

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We have these hanging in our bathrooms and in desk drawers.

Hanging, waterproof flashlight and room light

This light hangs on our son’s bunk bed. He uses it for when he gets up in the night, and it is his go-to light when the power goes out. We really like how bright it is and the fact that it’s a multi-function light.

Of course, we have standard, awesome flashlights and lanterns, but those two are fun pieces we add, especially for the children.

Are you sure that you can find the emergency lighting measures you have in your house in the event of a power outage?

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Katy Willis is a writer, lifelong homesteader, and master herbalist, master gardener, and canine nutritionist. Katy is a preparedness expert and modern homesteader practicing everyday preparedness, sustainability, and a holistic lifestyle.

She knows how important it is to be prepared for whatever life throws at you, because you just never know what's coming. And preparedness helps you give your family the best chance to thrive in any situation.

Katy is passionate about living naturally, growing food, keeping livestock, foraging, and making and using herbal remedies. Katy is an experienced herbalist and a member of the CMA (Complementary Medical Association).

Her preparedness skills go beyond just being "ready", she's ready to survive the initial disaster, and thrive afterward, too. She grows 100% organic food on roughly 15 acres and raises goats, chickens, and ducks. She also lovingly tends her orchard, where she grows many different fruit trees. And, because she likes to know exactly what she's feeding her family, she's a seasoned from-scratch cook and gluten-free baker.

Katy teaches foraging and environmental education classes, too, including self-sufficient living, modern homesteading, seed saving, and organic vegetable gardening.

Katy helps others learn forgotten skills, including basic survival skills and self-reliance.

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