092: Blackout Kit, Light outs Kit and Storm Bag

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Make it Through Any Blackout with This Amazing Lights-Out Kit

A Blackout Kit is a simple, MUST-HAVE Part of Your Preparedness

It provides you with:

  • Necessary Lighting
  • Insane gear organization
  • Real-time information

Blackouts Suck, and Can Happen for Many Different Reasons

Blackouts can occur for minutes or for weeks.  If you live in a rural area, think that it will happen during the latter.

I am not discussing extended blackouts.  This is your home bug-in preps.  What I am talking about today is your short term lights-out kit.

Heavy wind is a major cause of blackouts.  Wind can come from:

  • Tornados
  • Large Storms
  • Dense Squall Lines
  • Hurricanes

We can lose our power lines and transformers if they are weighted down.

  • Snow Storms
  • Ice Storms

The power company could intentionally shut your power down.

  • You don’t pay your bills
  • They make a mistake about your bills
  • There is maintenance that needs to be done on a connected part of the grid.

Obviously I didn’t cover everything, but that isn’t important.  Basic blackout kits are!

The first and most important Black-Out Kit component: Lighting!

 

Always look at lighting as your first item in a lights out kit.

Lighting is the only component that I am not telling you to place in a central container.

The reason for this is:

  • You need to have lighting available to you at all times no matter where you are.
  • You could hurt yourself if you fumble around in the dark.
  • Lights are your way to find your gear.  How can you find your gear if your light is with it.

Because it is your main resource when power goes out, you need a mega butt-ton of lights.

  • Every single room in the house should have a small LED flashlight like the CREE 7w.
    • It is durable, cheap, and extremely useful.
  • For less than 30 dollars, you can have one in each room of the home.
  • I recommend buying one for each child with their names on it, so they know how to use them.

    Led Light Lamp

    UltraFire? 7W 200LM Mini XPE Q5 Zoomable LED Flashlight Adjustable Focus Portable LED Light Lamp Flashlight Torch

Headlamp trumps flashlight every time.  They are hands free.  Now your hands are freed up to:

  • Mess around with your generator when it is rainy and pitch black outside.
  • Easily grab your bag and set your supplies up.
  • Always have light pointing in the direction you are looking.

Keep All Your Vital Gear in One Convenient Location with a Container, Tote, or Bag

  • A centralized container can make it easy to find items in a pinch.
  • Decentralized gear will disappear when you need it most.
  • It is easier to audit what you have in a centralized container.

Your container is a personal preference, and is your choice.  I personally prefer a cheap backpack over anything else.

  • Backpacks are “hands-free.”
  • They are typically large enough to hold most of what you need.
  • You can move faster during foul weather if you aren’t carrying, one-handed, 20-50 pounds of gear from your house, to your shelter.

You Have an Awesome Bag For Your Gear, Now Add Some Awesome Gear to Put Inside!

We can conveniently get to everything we need for a basic storm now.  What do we need in our storm bag?

This is a list of the items that you should have in your storm bag:

  1. 2 Lanterns (battery operated)
  2. 1 Small LED Flashlight per family member
  3. 1 Glowstick per family member
  4. 4 Jar Candles
  5. Pack of 24 Tea lights
  6. Weather/AM/FM Radio (battery option)
  7. Pack of BIC lighters
  8. 2 Butane Lighters
  9. 4 Boxes of Matches

Let’s explain the reasons behind why we need this awesome gear.

  1. 2 Lanterns (battery operated): These are easier to store than kerosene lamps… and safer to use.
  2. 1 Small LED Flashlight per family member: Headlamps are better.  This is in addition to the lights around the house.  
  3. 1 Glowstick per family member: This is for SOS signaling.  Only crack in an emergency.  There are LED versions that flash SOS when turned on.
  4. 4 Jar Candles: Candles are a fire hazard.  Adding a glass jar around it raises the safety level exponentially.  These are much better than stick or pillar candles.
  5. Pack of 24 Tea lights: Super Cheap and they work!  You can place one of these in a jar to make a lamp.
  6. Weather/AM/FM Radio (battery option): BATTERY OPTION, NOT BATTERY OPERATED.  I prefer one that can plug in, use batteries, AND has a handcrank.  Also, make sure your radio has weather alerts.
  7. Pack of BIC lighters: These are CHEAP and reliable.  Great addition for candles and fire.
  8. 2 Butane Lighters:
    • Higher Temperature for easy lighting
    • More control of directing the flame
    • More wind resistant flame
  9. 4 Boxes of Matches: Backup, Backup, Backup!

Fantastic Wind & Waterproof Survival Matches: 2 Packs of 20 Matches Each In Waterproof Containers = 40 Matches & Two Waterproof Holders!

We have the necessities covered, but something seems to be missing.

Here is a small list of optional items that will take your storm bag to the next level.

blackout necessities

The reason that this gear is optional, because I like to explain the minimum you should have and then what would still be helpful.

  • The Power Inverter is so you can run some basic electric items for comfort.
  • Electric blankets can not fit in your storm bag, but are an awesome addition in a winter storm where power has been knocked out.
  • The Extension cord runs to the inverter that is under the hood of your car so you can bring electricity to your home.
  • Small Fans will help cool the person in a blackout during summer.
  • Granola Bars or Energy Bars are just something nice to have as a comfort food.
  • Bottled Water shouldn’t be necessary if you listened to my recent podcast on water storage, but it is nice to have clean water available.

Follow the KISS Principle (Keep It Simple, Stupid) on Your Storm Bag

KISS Principle

This isn’t a bug-out or bug-in bag.  This is a simple design to give us comfort during a short blackout.

You will still have whatever food and water you have in your house to use up.

Keeping this concept simple, makes it an easy-to-obtain step toward your ultimate preparedness!

 

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