These little aluminum LED Flashlights are great to have around the house in case of emergency. I keep a small flashlight in the car, and one in my purse too, because you just never know when or where it might be needed.
These mini flashlights come in sets of 4 and each is a different color. I like the silver one especially. All are pretty.
They use three triple A batteries (not included) and are very easy to use. Just push the button on the end to turn it on or off.
These flashlights don’t weigh much. You can carry them on a hike without getting tired. There is a carry strap on the end too.
They are bright without being blinding. The light is bright enough to see how to change a tire if you need to do that in the middle of the night.
They last a long time too since they use LED bulbs.
All the BYBlights have an 18 month warranty and a 90 day money back guarantee. I received a free or discounted product to review.
Small LED Flashlights will fit just about anywhere without taking up a lot of room, and they are not heavy. I like to have one in my purse, cause you never know when you might get stuck out somewhere in the dark.
If you have a flat tire while driving out in the boonies at night you really want a good light.
The BYBlight Cree LED Flashlight has three modes, bright, brighter, and strobe. You can also zoom the light out so it covers more area, or tighten it up to show a small area.
I have been using the dim light zoomed out, when I go to check on my chickens in the evening. The chickens will be roosting and a regular flashlight gets them all upset, they fuss at me something awful. I’m glad they don’t speak English because I’m pretty sure all that cackling would translate into a really good cussing out.
The dim diffused setting on this flashlight doesn’t bother them though. It is still bright enough that I can see if all the chickens are there, and no bad critters have snuck in.
These come in a set of 4 so we have them in several rooms of the house. One in the bedroom, one by the computers, and one in the kitchen. Next time the lights go out I won’t have to hunt for a flashlight.
My husband took off with one of them. He has it in his truck. I received a free or discounted product to review.
I have not ever had to cut a seatbelt for any reason, much less had to cut myself out of it in an emergency. I don’t ever want to have to either.
But if it was ever necessary I would like to be able to do so.
The Life Tire Gauge from Mountain Crest Products has a pair of scissors and a small saw, that can be used to cut your seat belt.
Of course you have to have the tool where you can reach it, if you need it, and you will have to remember it is there.
Folks do tend to forget things like that in emergencies. Finding yourself upside down in a ditch full of water, would tend to have a negative effect on most folks ability to think. Mine for sure.
But when you settle down and remember, having something to help you get out would be a Good Thing. It does have a pointy thing on the other end to use to break the window too.
In the meantime , you can use the flashlight and the tire gauge on a regular basis. The digital read-out is easy to see, and the light on the tire gauge makes it easy to see the tire stem, even in the dark.
It is made of hard plastic and metal. It seems sturdy.
I like having it.
I received a free or discounted product to review.
The Acquapura Personal Water Filter Straw is a great item to have around the house in case of emergencies. If there is a major emergency, and you end up running out of clean water, then you will need to clean your water before you drink it.
In a big emergency, like an earthquake, you might not have any way to boil water either, so having a filter that will get the bad stuff out of the water, is going to be really important.
Drinking water that has bacteria in it can make you seriously sick. You really don’t want to have to do that, if you can help it. You don’t want your kids doing it either.
These personal water filer straws come with everything you need. You only have to open it up and attach the prefilter to the bottom and start using the straw. It works just like a regular straw, you suck the water up through it. On the way through the water goes through three different filters, that make the water safe to drink.
The activated carbon granules in the carbon filter also contains Ionic Silver which is antibacterial, and is supposed to be a tissue healing agent.
After first use this personal water filter should last for a year, or for 1500 liters. If you haven’t used it, it should last, in storage, for 3 years.
Those of you who like to go camping, and hiking should carry one of these with you too. You never know when you might get lost, or have an accident out in the wilds.
I want one for each of our cars, and at least two for the house. Just in case. We do live on a fault line, and the big one is gonna happen sometime.
What do you think? I received a free or discounted product to review.
Do you have batteries of all sizes taking up space in one of your drawers? Or spread all over the house so you have to hunt them down when you need them?
I did too, until this Kovot Battery Organizer and Tester arrived. It holds all the batteries we had, except for a few extra triple A batteries. We have more of those than other sizes, and I just stuck then the double A slots. It worked.
I had a lot of batteries just laying in the drawer. I couldn’t tell which were good before, so I left them there. Now with the Kovot battery tester attached to the organizer I can test the batteries. I threw quite a few of them out.
At least now I know all the ones we have are actually good batteries.
I like that tester too. It is easy to use. I like that it attaches to the organizer for storage. That makes it easy to find when you need it. The tester does come off the organizer so you can take it with you if you need to.
I now have the organizer in a kitchen drawer, where it takes up only half the drawer. I still have plenty of room in the drawer for other things, and my batteries are easy to grab. It can be attached to a wall if you prefer.
If you have a lot of battery operated items around the house, you should check into getting one of these.
You can get 20% off using this coupon code: 3L6U6OIG
Even if it is raining. I know because it started raining right after we went out and lit one of these logs and it kept right on burning. It wasn’t a gully washer but it was getting pretty wet. The rain stopped after about 5 minutes though so I can’t say how long it would have kept burning.
I really like the idea behind these firelogs. They are made from 100% recycled waxed cardboard, and the manufacturer says that “Enviro–Log Firelogs burn cleaner, emitting 30 percent less greenhouse gases, 80 percent less carbon monoxide and 86 percent less creosote. They also generate 50 percent more heat per pound that firewood.”
We had a fireplace when I was young and we went through a whole lot of wood. I really like the idea of burning recycled cardboard instead of cutting down more trees. And if they cause less pollution that is even better.
The Firestarters are made from recycled wax and they smell really good. They do burn really easy and would make starting fires just about anywhere a whole lot easier.
We took a Firelog and a Firestarter out back and used them. I cooked some hot dogs while we were out there. We did that because it has been raining here a lot lately. Every time we planned to cook out it was raining, so we finally just did it anyway.
The Firelog started up easy, and it does get hot.
The logs come in 3 lb and 5 lb sizes. The bigger ones last longer. You can get the large logs in packs of4,6, or 9 and they usually cost $20 or less (depends on where you buy them), the smaller ones only come in packs of 6 or 9 and usually cost less than $16 (depending on where you buy them.)
The firestarters come in packs of 8 or 24 and usually cost $12 or less (depends on where to buy).
They are available at many local stores including Home Depot, Lowe’s, Rite Aid and Walmart. You can also buy them online at the Enviro-Log website, Lowes.com, and Amazon.com.
They have a flickering light that looks like a real candle but it is really a LED light that operates off a lithium ion CR2032 battery. The batteries can last for up to 80 hours, which is a lot longer than a real candle would last.
These are the same size as regular tea lights, and will fit in any votive or tea light holder. The wraps that come with them are really pretty and I have been using the tea lights with just the wraps.
You can use these lights just about anywhere. They look really nice scattered around the living room in the evening. They are also nice scattered around the deck or yard when BBQing, or just sitting around talking.
Frux Home and Yard offers a lifetime guarantee too. They say:
We’re so sure you’ll love our flameless tealights as much as we do, that we offer you a LIFETIME GUARANTEE. If for any reason you are not 100% SATISFIED, let us know and our customer service team will make things right.
Having one of these Magnesium Survival Fire Starters could make the difference between being nice and warm, and freezing to death (or at least being cold and hungry).
If you go on camping and hiking trips a lot, this would be a good thing to carry with you. It has a rope you can use to tie it to your belt or backpack, or you can just stick it in your pocket.
It will come in handy if you fall in the creek, or get rained on and your matches get wet, or if you forgot your lighter (or lost it).
It is nice to have at home too. You never know when that huge earthquake might hit (or the country will get hit with an EMP, or an asteroid whomp us, or a zombie apocalypse, or aliens invade and you have to run -whatever).
It would be nice to be able to start a fire, or the BBQ, so you can stay warm and cook dinner, no matter what happens.
If you can’t find your matches or lighter (since I stopped smoking that is more of a problem), you could use this to get a lamp (or candles) lit too.
It does take practice, but once you know how, it is pretty easy to get sparks from this fire starter. Just make sure your tinder is really flammable and you are good to go.
Ice can really do a number on the electrical lines. And the cable lines too. If it is this thick on the trees then it is just as bad on everything else.
So how do you prepare for a winter storm?
Make sure you have some way of keeping warm if the electricity goes out. If you already have a gas stove or heater then you are set. If not…you might be in trouble if you wait till you need it.
The winter storm of 2009 caught me unprepared…we had to go to multiple stores looking for heaters and ended up stuck with a kerosene heater for a bit. They do heat well but the smell gave me a headache and they are a bit harder to use than propane heaters.
It was days before we able to find a propane heater and lots of places were out of full propane tanks too. It is much easier if you already have a heater and a tank.
You also need to make sure you have an alternate source of light. Especially if you are a reader like me. With no television or internet…you are definitely going to need something else to keep you busy and sane. This is a good time for board games or card games too. You need light for those too!
So a good supply of long burning candles for general lighting is good to have. And you should get them before you need them too because the stores will run out during an actual emergency. There were no candles to be found anywhere for days after the storm of ’09. Lamp oil was also in short supply so if you have lamps (better for reading than candles!) make sure you have some extra lamp oil on hand too.
And batteries for flash lights can be really expensive and in short supply as well…so it is a good idea to keep some on hand.
Food and cooking
You will also need a way to cook your food for a few days. If you already have a gas stove then you are set! If like us your place is all electric then you will have a problem. You can use a propane BBQ grill if you have one and have the propane too. Or a small camp stove. In the storm of ’09 we did both.
Since the freezer wasn’t working we grilled all the meat we could and lots of boiled foods for the first few days. It helps to have items that easy to fix. If your power is only out for a short time you may not need to worry about this. Ours was out for 17 days in ’09.
Much of this will be true for other kinds of emergencies too. You may also need to have a supply of water on hand for some. It wouldn’t hurt anyway.
What have you done to prepare for storms and other emergencies?
Edited on 12/21/2017 – Because there have been a few more earthquakes since this was written as well as several other disasters, such as hurricanes, floods, and tornado. You need to be prepared.
Watching the news about the earthquake in Japan got me to thinking about what would happen here in an earthquake. Japan is the worlds leader in earthquake preparedness so if they have problems…things would be really bad in other countries.
Here in northeast Arkansas we are almost on top of the New Madrid fault. This area is where the worst earthquake to hit the eastern US happened back in the early 1800s. We have been told for years that another big quake could hit this area and that it would do a whole lot of damage this time because the population is much higher now.
I decided to some more reading on disaster preparedness. FEMA has a website with a preparation guide for disaster planning. There is also a website called 72 hours that has a lot of good information for disaster planning.
If you own a business you should also check into what needs to be done to make sure your business survives an emergency. Comparitech has a great article about making disaster recovery plans for businesses. If you don’t already have such a plan you should get on that. Before you need it.
This is something everyone should do even if you don’t live on a fault line…there are plenty of other kinds of disasters that could hit you. Tornados, fires, and floods happen pretty often in the US and there are others less likely but possible.
In my case most of the items needed are already available. We do need to have more water stored though. That has been put on my shopping list. How about you?
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