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What to Do When The Lights Go Out: Immediate, Short-Term, and Long-Term Strategies

• Organic Prepper - High Country

When the power goes out, it usually happens at the most inopportune time. Like, when it's dark. And suddenly, you have to look for that flashlight that you put in the drawer in the kitchen. Or, is it in the hallway closet? 

 It's important to have strategies to meet your immediate needs, as well as short-term and long-term strategies.

Suggestions to help keep you lit up.

Having additional light sources readily available is crucial in the event of a power outage. Always make sure you have extra batteries and that these light sources are in good working order.

Headlamps: Every member of the family should have a headlamp. It's challenging to hold a flashlight and try to work or cook with only one hand available. Try getting pots, pans, and ingredients from different locations in a dark kitchen. Guaranteed, you will be much happier with some light, and a headlamp allows you to use both hands. 

Headlamps that use rechargeable 18650 lithium batteries and can also use two disposable CR123a lithium batteries are best. The CR123a batteries have a shelf life of ten years. You may have a heart attack trying to buy them in a store. I recommend buying in bulk on Amazon. Top off the 18650 batteries in a charger every 90 days. 

Be sure to purchase the batteries recommended by the manufacturer. Unregulated, cheap batteries can damage your LED Flashlights and Headlamps. There are several good manufactures of Headlamps.