This weeks assignment: Batteries and flashlights

This is the first installment of a new series where I will suggest small tasks each week.

This week has to do with one of the all-time basic items in anyone’s survival stash – the flashlight. There is little more frustrating than to have the power go out and your saying…..”Honey…..where’s the flashlight?“. That is inexcusable – and has happened to the best of us.

Your mission – if you choose to except it….is to do the following:

  1. Locate all flashlights in your home and lay them out on a table.
  2. Verify that all have fresh batteries – as well as a spare set.
  3. Relocate them in strategic locations throughput house/property so that you will know where they are in case of “lights out”
  4. Take the members of your family and show them where you have placed them.
Now – feel free to get your family involved in deciding where to place the flashlights. Getting others involved may help better communicate where they all are. Also – would be a great idea to install some lights in hallways and in major rooms that automatically come on when the power goes out.
Flashlights and spare batteries are a great comformt to older people who are just getting into preparedness.
That’s it folks!
Take care – Rourke

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  1. I purchased a dozen small LED flashlights at Harbor Freight for about $2 each. They even came with batteries! I then placed them strategically throughout the house, in the car, and in my various packs. There is no substitute for a quality flashlight, but in a pinch, these little flashlights do a great job. (They also make great reading lights in bed!)

    — Gaye

  2. I saw this post and I automatically thought of an event that occurred a while back. I was babysitting for a family friend, we had just started watching a movie when of COURSE the power goes out. Not a fun scenario to be stuck with two frightened children and no idea where any source of light might be. The kids had no idea where a flashlight would be and it was already dark outside. Thankfully, I did have my cell phone which gave me enough light to fumble around until I finally found a dimly lit flashlight (fresh batteries would’ve been helpful!) Needless to say, it would have been nice to know exactly where a flashlight was located. At my home, we’ve always had a kerosene heater and so all we had to do was locate the kerosene heater wicks and we were all set to go (heat and all!) Although your idea of automatic lights for hallways and major rooms does sound appealing! Thanks for the post.

  3. This is funny, I’ve thought about doing this a couple times within the last week. I did however place a piece of glow in dark tape & reflective tape on the two rubbermaid containers that contain spare batteries and flashlights in the basement. I just may place reflective tape onto the ‘house’ flashlights also.

    We’ve also pretty much switched over to LED lights, except for the weapon lights. In a smokey area, LED lights don’t work, they cannot penetrate the smoke.

  4. You know what is even better than checking the batteries in your flashlight?

    Not having to do it.

    I have a half dozen of thes little LED gizmos. They are hand crank flashlights that never need batteries and they are very inexpensive. I think they should be in every prepper’s house or go bag. You crank them for a minute or so and you get a decent run of light. Perhaps an hour or so at full power.

    Just thought I would pass it along. They are great little items.

    Good stuff!

  5. I might also suggest evaluating the flashlights that you do have for compatibility of batteries. For instance, it doesn’t make much sense to have one flashlight run on AA batteries, another on AAA, and yet another on D batteries… you get the idea. By stocking a few flashlights that run on AA batteries and then having dozens of said batteries on hand, you can ensure a longer usefulness of those flashlights you intend to depend on.

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