Recently I’ve been writing articles on preparedness and thought about the fact that they have been geared to the intermediate or advanced preppers. What about the beginning and basics; that’s what this new series is going to point at. Today we will talk about a “blackout” kit or whatever you want to call it. When I refer to a “blackout” kit; I am referring to a kit to combat the immediate effect of a power outage which is the darkness. More articles are coming on other aspects of preparedness that are also affected by power outages.
Commonly though: the most immediate “crisis” that effects people are power outages. In the winter, no power could mean no heat, check out a previous article wrote to prepare for cold temperatures. Power outages are a major irritation, but what if the outage lasts a few days or longer. The darkness that they bring can also have a disheartening effect on people; scaring children and bring down morale. A “blackout” kit or more specific power outage items already stored together and ready to access, can turn this minor or major annoyance into an indoor camping adventure.
“Charlie, I don’t need this kit, I have a generator”. Good to know, but what happens if your generator has an issue. Even if you have a generator, preppers have a little motto that we live by, “two is one, one is none”. Having a generator is awesome, but problems come up and Darwin’s law says it’ll happen at the worst possible time. Set up this kit either way, the most advanced preparedness experts in the world have a basic kit to deal with this even if they already have four back up generators. Anyone who doesn’t have a generator, you need this kit and should work towards setting up enough for two. I also strongly recommend saving money for a generator if you own or rent a house, or an inverter or battery bank if you live in an apartment. But, There are also times that you really don’t need a generator; how annoying is it to get your generator all hooked up and the second you flip the switch, the power comes back on.
Ok, so what is a “blackout” kit? The kit contains items specifically for a power outage, and it can be a simple kit all the way to and including a generator. The basics should include the following.
-Flashlights (cheap are fine to start with, but you get what you pay for)
-Batteries (name brand alkaline are preferred)
-Candles (go to the dollar store, Dollar Tree has a decent 6 pack of emergency candle sticks for a buck)
-Candle holders (check the dollar store first, but if all else fails you can heat the bottom of the candle and stick it to a kitchen plate)
-AM/FM battery powered radio (to listen for weather updates or just pass time listening to music)
-Emergency phone chargers (most expensive part, but it will help you report the outage or call help if needed)
-Plastic tote or bin to store it all in
Once you have these basics in your kit, label the box and make sure every member of the household knows where it’s stored. Now you can upgrade items or expand on what you keep in it. You could add solar chargers, inverters, lanterns, and headlamps. Remember though, being prepared is also preparing for the everyday disasters.
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