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There can probably be no greater inconvenience than losing electric power. Everything that is so familiar to us is gone – computers, television, lights, refrigeration, even heat – and we are left literally sitting in the dark. While most areas will experience temporary outages from time to time, a longer lasting power failure can also occur, especially if it is associated with a larger disaster or emergency. New Orleans was without power for weeks after Hurricane Katrina struck, and the failure of a substation in New York was responsible for several days without electricity in New England and parts of Canada.
Part of the reason we dislike being in the dark is because we are daytime creatures and do not see well at night. If you are worried about being stuck in the dark, now is the time to get some equipment that will provide light when you need it. Starting with one of mankind’s dependable light sources, Slow Burn Emergency Candles will help see you through a dark spell. Combine these with waterproof matches to be assured of light when you need it. Light sticks are another good way to drive back the darkness during an emergency (they are also great for slipping into a backpack on hiking or camping expeditions). Light sticks need only be twisted to be activated, and then will produce a glow for the specified length of time, from 30 minutes to 12 hours.
Flashlights should be in every home, auto, and backpack to provide lighting when needed. There is now a great variety of flashlights to choose from, too, everything from the battery powered lights we are all familiar with to crank flashlights that have no need for batteries at all.
Although LED flashlights require batteries, they differ from regular battery powered flashlights by providing strong, bright, long lasting light. The MAGlite 2D LED Flashlight will prove a dependable friend when the lights go out, as will the adjustable beam MAGlite XL100.
If you are looking for a more normal light when you need it, the Solar Navigator Lantern is a good choice. Chargeable either with its solar panel or from household current, this emergency lantern can give you 20 hours of LED light on the low setting and 10 hours on high. A built in radio will help to keep you informed, and unlike many solar devices, the battery in this one is replaceable.
Emergency Lighting With Liquid Fuel Lamps