|SURVIVAL DURING A NATURAL DISASTER OR SUPPLY CHAIN DISRUPTION|
due to circumstances beyond your control, such as a power outage, you are going to need LIGHT.
I am a super-organized person and I do NOT like to search for anything, especially in the dark. When the lights go out, I'm always ready.
Below are pics of some plastic bins that I keep on-the-ready. There is a caption beneath each pic.
I'm taking these pics from inside our pool house, so I'm about 10 feet above the backyard that slopes down to the lake from the retaining wall. You can see our kayaks on the dock below. That's a patio storage unit out the window for cushions. Also, under the tree toward the lake is a wooden swing that the Scorpion King made for his Mama King to sit in the shade when we are fishing.
I Love this battery organizer. It just came today (Sat. 7/31/22) and I haven't opened our other batteries to load completely into the organizer. Note that in the left upper corner (left photo) there is the 'battery tester'. In the right photo I am using it to test the strength of the battery. I bought this from Home Depot. It was $11.89.
P.S. - the picture on the left looks funky because of the screen on the window, although it doesn't look funky on the right. I dunno. Who knows with cameras on phones?
Note the directions on the picture. I would NEVER let this burn sitting on wood. I just did a quick light to show you. I would use a pan to sit this tuna can in and then put it on the stove or on something that can withstand the heat. This contraption burns VERY HOT! And DO NOT blow it out or you will blow lit isopropyl alcohol everywhere. Instead, just take a lid from a pot or pan and smother the flame. And yes, you can absolutely cook over this flame as it will burn for quite a long time and burn VERY HOT!
It really does not take that much to make your own candles. Grab a tub of lard and stick a candle in it. This sure beats wax candle making and the mess.
8 ounces will burn eight hours a day for 16 days. 16 ounces will burn eight hours a day for 32 days. 32 ounces will burn eight hours a day for 64 days.
You can get all hoity-toity and fancy if you want and melt the shortening and pour into mason jars and then use a bigger candle that you can snap in half and BOOM, cheap and easy light for hours on end. The tubs of lard were $2.24 each. You can use Crisco brand, same thing just costs more. The jar pictured is 8 oz. and the tub is 16 oz. So the 16 oz. tub will make 2 candles in an 8 oz. mason jar.
The tub is a #5 as far as recycling goes, which means it is microwave safe and the same number as Tupperware. It is perfectly safe to stick a candle in this. A microwave is a helluva lot hotter than this birthday candle stuck in it will ever be.
In every single room we have a really bright flashlight that we can immediately go to in the event of a power outage. While that might sound a bit over-prepared, you will find it isn't when the lights go out and you know exactly where the flashlight is, no matter what room you are in.
Notice in this bin there are all kinds of flashlights. Even a keychain flashlight, which is actually pretty darn bright. I save them all. I don't need a pretty flashlight, just one that works. The tactical flashlights are the best, which we have one in every room. Also the ultra-light LED shop lights are great too. They are rectanglar and prop-up on their own. We have a couple and I'll post them later.
When the lights went out in mid-June 2022, we immediately went to the headlamp bin and put on our headlamps. I do not like to fumble around for anything, especially in the dark. Hence hers and his as we already have them adjusted to our head size.
This picture needs no explanation, but okay. The matches you can get at 'The Dollar Tree' for $1.25 for 6 or 8 boxes. Then there is the BIG BOX of matches. As far as the long lighters, I don't like to get the cheapies at a dollar store because I find that I get what I pay for, so typically I will buy a trusted brand that has a reputation to support it.
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