by Bernie Carr
Anytime a major natural disaster occurs, the aftermath usually includes a power outage. Just look at a few recent reports:
The wintery precipitation that fell overnight into Thursday morning has come to an end, as the winter storm pushes out of North Texas.
Power outages, which had reached a peak of 34,000 overnight, are slowly being restored, according to Oncor. The majority of those lingering outages are in the Dallas metro area and adjacent north and northeast counties and along the Reed River.SOURCE: ABC8 Dallas
The ice storm across the Mid-South resulted in hundreds of outages in Memphis and the surrounding metro.SOURCE: FOX13 Memphis
Thousands of Duke Energy customers are without power as of Thursday night.
Around 2,000 people in the Tri-State are without power as of 2 p.m. Friday.SOURCE: FOX19 Cincinatti
Avoid being stuck in the dark by preparing your light sources ahead of time.
Build your lighting collection using these two tips
These tips are from Ron Brown, author of a popular series of e-books on lighting.
1. Assemble a collection of inexpensive flashlights that will run on common batteries you can find around the house.
2. Choose a flashlight that can run on just one battery.
The Rayovac Model BEPN1AAA-BTA uses just one AAA battery.
· Eveready UPN 132295
· Rayovac VB1DLED-BA
· Dorcy 41-2339
Eveready UPN 138514
Ozark Trail OT LED Plastic Flashlight1D
For more details and fun lighting hacks, watch the Cheap Emergency Lighting YouTube video by Ron Brown using the link below. It gives awesome tips on accumulating emergency lights that will be available to you just when you need it. You can view it here:
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About the author:
Bernie Carr is the founder of Apartment Prepper. She has written several books including the best-selling Prepper’s Pocket Guide, Jake and Miller’s Big Adventure, The Penny-Pinching Prepper and How to Prepare for Most Emergencies on a $50 a Month Budget. Bernie’s latest e-book, FRUGAL DIY has just been released on Amazon. Her work appears in sites such as the Allstate Blog and Clark.com, as well as print magazines such as Backwoods Survival Guide and Prepper Survival Guide. She has been featured in national publications such as Fox Business and Popular Mechanics. Learn more about Bernie here.
Wal-Mart has some cheap plastic LED lights that are $1.00 with 3 AAA batteries. You will need to check the one you buy and be sure that the plastic shipping disk is still in them so that the batteries are still good. I hope that you made it through the storms and flooding in Dallas / Fort Worth OK.
Hi Ben, That is some inexpensive lighting! Good idea to check first though, sometimes the battery may no longer work. All fine here, thanks for the well-wishes.
Ben, thanks for the feedback. These $1 lights are excellent. They provide useful light at a rock-bottom price. There are 2 different styles. One is a headlamp (such as miners wear). The other is a cap-light (for the brim of your hat such as hunters wear). I own several of both kinds. But, for clarification, both of these styles operate on CR 2032 button batteries, not 3 AAA’s. One of the screens in the “Cheap Emergency Lighting” video already displays these CR 2032 lamps. There ARE headlamps that run on AAA batteries but they are in the $5 to $15 range (even at Walmart).
I standardized on AA batteries years ago and now have a lot of rechargeable NiMH that I rotate. I run my D battery lanterns and flashlights using AA to D Parallel adapters with 3 AA. Run time is somewhat shorter but I only have one size to worry about and I can use 1, 2, or 3 AA’s if I run short (NOT likely). If you have to use less than 3 AA’s in the adapter, and the device takes multiple D’s, be sure to use the same number in each adapter.
WJW, Thanks for sharing how you’ve standardized your batteries. Appreciate the comment.
Look into solar lawn lights. Not real bright but they work.
Hi James, Solar lawn lights do make good backups for lighting. Thanks for the comment.