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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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Self-Reliance

Do not rely on the government for anything, especially your survival. — Fr. Frog

How many of you reading this blog go to the grocery store on a daily basis? How many on a weekly basis?

How many go to the store right before a storm to purchase flash lights, batteries and candles? How many of you decide to put a blanket in the car as it’s snowing?

How many of you reading this would say you’re a last minute prepare-er? I’m going to guess, based on how busy I’ve seen stores right before the big snow storm or thunderstorm, that many of you aren’t as prepared as well as you should be.

Ever since hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana in 2005, it’s proved to me that not only are American citizens poorly prepared for any eventual crisis but also that the government cannot be relied upon- for anything.

Each of us have  a responsibility to care for ourselves in the event of any eventual emergency. Did you see how I worded that? Eventual Emergency

It’s not a question of it, it’s a question of when.

Here’s some things to think about-things that I’ve been thinking about more and more in the past year.

Do I understand the difference between WANTS and NEEDS?

Do I have enough food for at least 6 months?

Do I have enough in savings to cover at least 1 year of salary?

Do I have the supplies necessary if/when the electricity goes out in the winter/summer?

Do I have the necessary supplies in my vehicle for any eventual emergency including but not limited to: an accident, flat tire, your vehicale breaking down during a snow storm/thunderstorm?

These are just some of the things that I’ve been considering and now am working towards to ensure that I’m well prepared.

I want to encourage each and every single one of you to do the same. You never know when something will strike but you can be guaranteed that some sort of crisis will happen eventually and you must be prepared for it today.

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