The last prep challenge for June is to buy lights for power outages AND add a few clothes to your 72-hour kit. No one likes to be in the dark during a power outage, especially children. This is a great time of year to find lights for emergencies on sale since stores have them in stock for camping. You will also want to buy some emergency lights for your home in case you have an extended power outage. Many of us no longer fit in the underwear we packed in our kits five years ago, especially our children. So, this week update or add clothing to your kit. Let’s look at some ideas for this prep challenge.
1. Buy Lights for Power Outages
There are several types of lights you can use during a power outage.
- In every bathroom, keep a rechargeable light plugged in. That way it will light up if you are every caught unawares in the bathroom.
- Avoid using your cell phone light during emergencies as you don’t want to drain your battery. A lantern or flashlight is a better option.
- See above for places to purchase.
- A solar option is a yard light. You can charge it during the day and use it at night before bed.
- Keep your lantern or flashlight in a place your family can easily find them in case you are not home.
2. Add Lights and Clothes to 72-Hour Kit
- This week add a lightweight headlamp or flashlight to your 72-hour kit. A headlamp is a great option as it allows you to be hands free if you need to carry a child during an evacuation.
- You’ll find emergency lights at Walmart, camping or hardware stores, Costco, Sam’s Club or Amazon. If you already have a light in your kit, test your light or replace the batteries.
- Also add underwear, socks and a rain poncho to your kit this week. During a disaster your clothes may become dirty or wet, and clean clothing will be a true blessing.
- Put your clothing in a plastic zipper bag to keep them dry. Mark the date you packed them on the bag. If you have growing children, perhaps trade out clothes every year. Add a reminder on your calendar to update your clothing.
- If you have an infant, keep a change of clothing in your diaper bag as it will probably become your emergency kit if you need to evacuate quickly.
You are moving forward on preparedness each week which is awesome! Light up your life this week.
Best wishes and stay healthy!
The Food Storage Organizer
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