Power-Outage Essentials - What Should You Keep Handy In Case Of Emergency
Expert picks for what you should have on hand in case the lights go out during stormy weather season
When The Lights Go Out
Stormy weather accounts for more than 60 percent of electrical outages. Your best defense against the dark: handy gadgets that will help you and your family get through the night without leaving you feeling so...powerless. Read on for items to keep nearby just in case.
All-Weather Radio / Phone Charger / Emergency System
This trusty device bests your smartphone when it comes to delivering info and communication in emergency conditions. Thanks to three different power sources—battery, plug-in, and hand crank—you'll never be wanting for news updates. About $60 on Amazon
- Emergency radio with 22 GMRS/FRS channels and all 10 NOAA weather channels with alert function
- Includes AM/FM radio reception, a clock with an alarm function, and a 3-LED flashlight
- Features VOX automatic voice-activated operation, and a USB port for charging cell phones, radios, etc.
- Rechargeable battery can be powered by dynamo hand crank, or included AC or DC power adapters And 4 AA Batteries
- Constructed to be water resistant, and backed by a manufacturer's 3-year warranty
In the event one of you needs to exit and go for help, when the cell phone towers go down, you'll need a way to communicate your position and everyone's condition when you find safety.
- 50 Channels with Up to 36-Mile Range,120V Charger.
- NOAA/All Hazard Weather Channels with Alert and Weather Scan
- 142 Privacy Codes
- Vibrate Alert.9 Levels of VOX for Hands Free Operation
- $52.25 on Amazon
There are a lot of great tools I could suggest, but when it comes to that possibility that water could be rising, and you need to flee, you'll want a way to bring your tools with you, and the Swiss perfected this a long time ago.
Flashlights are fine for walking around the house, but they might not produce enough light to sufficiently illuminate a room. Choose a durable lantern like this one, which is made to brave camping conditions. About $60
This plug-in lamp turns on automatically when the power goes out, so you can see where you're walking. About $16 for a two pack
If you don't have a boat or a canoe, it could be quite beneficial to have an inflatable kayak to get you around. Considering that water causes more natural disaster deaths than any other phenomenon, it makes sense to have not just a means of water transportation, but a life vest for everyone in the house before the storm begins couldn't hurt.
It's a great idea to have one of these lying around to charge up all your goodies. It's also a good idea to have a solar panel to recharge it if you run it dry.