Posts Tagged blackouts

Blackouts

Fun fact: Electricity isn’t guaranteed.

About a week ago now my neighborhood experienced a blackout after a transformer failed during a mild thunderstorm. That’s right, MILD. The weather doesn’t have to be obnoxious for the power to go out, folks.

Now for most of us blackouts aren’t a big deal but think about what a blackout does to people who are legally blind. In my house hold this is a huge concern.

Candle light is not very bright. If you’ve ever tried to make your way through your house with just a candle you’ve undoubtedly run into furniture. Now imagine that you were legally blind- the shadow factor increases exponentially.

To combat this issue in my home I’ve made it a point to have gallon water jugs on hand, clear duct tape and LED light tap on/off battery powered lights. When the lights go out, we have nice milk jug lamps.

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Just place the flash inward, against the gallon jug filled with water and duct tape it on. The water helps amplify the light. Works awesomely for my family and I believe it can help yours too!

IMG_20130701_004128 (1)Beyond blackouts these lamps can come in handy if you want to save money on your electrical bill. Of course it’s not as bright as a regular light bulb, but it gets the job done.

This is also makes a great and safe lights to have in your tent when camping.

Make sure that you have the appropriate batteries for these flashlights. I believe mine takes triple A but double check and watch the dates.

I hope you find this of use. And remember, as my mother always says, better to have it and not need than to not have it and need it.

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Introduction to Living Prepared

So I’ve decided to start a new page for my blog to discuss “Living Prepared”.

But what exactly does this mean?

Preparedness, for me, covers a wide range of subjects that have to be confronted and dealt with in order to ensure survival for one’s self and one’s family.

Now this isn’t a doomsday manifesto per se- this is a project geared towards opening up discussions about being prepared and explains the steps I’ve taken to ensure preparedness for the best of times and the worst of times. And while we all need to be prepared for doomsday like events, we also need to be prepared for life in general.

This project will tackle a wide range of events, issues and every day life that I believe people should think about given the fact the unexpected always happens.

I want to share what I’ve learned over the past 5 years about preparedness in several areas such as:

  • Money
  • Food
  • Shelter
  • Medical
  • Pets
  • Blackouts
  • Natural Disasters

 

It’s my goal to provide you with information that will help you out in life and information that will help you survive and thrive.

I hope you will enjoy this project because I’m eager to share with y’all!

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