During the first power outage I can remember, I was in grade school. There was a terrible storm with lightning flashing and thunder rumbling several times per minute. After one particularly loud peal of thunder, the lights went out.
Suddenly, the house was eerily silent except for the sound of rain and my parents fumbling around in the dark. My dad yelled, “Where’s the flashlight?” and my mom yelled, “I don’t know, where’d you put it?” They continued to bicker and search for a flashlight while I felt my way out of my bedroom and into the hallway.
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Feeling scared of the darkness in the hall, I started running toward the sound of my parents, only to stub my toe, fall down, and start crying. That just made them more annoyed.
I’m sure a similar scene plays out in countless homes every time the power goes out at night, but it doesn’t have to be this way. To avoid this sort of scenario, you should keep a flashlight in every room and everyone should know where it is. Additionally, you should have something called a “Lights Out Box.”
A lights out box has everything you need in one place during a power outage. That way you’re not stumbling around in the dark trying to find things. In this video, The Peaceful Prepper explains the concept in more detail.
Here’s what she keeps in her lights out box:
- Glow Sticks
- Battery tester
- Power bank
- Extra cords
- Playing cards
- Battery charger
- Emergency radio.
- Chem lights
Watch the video below for more info.