When The Lights Go Out

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Life can become quickly disrupted during an emergency, making communication and travel difficult or even impossible when the power goes out. In recent years, emergency planning has come into the public spotlight like never before. And while it’s clear that we cannot always predict when disaster may strike, many individuals and families are looking for ways to prepare before anything happens. So where to begin? Read on to discover how some prior communication and a few critical items can can make all the difference in keeping you and your family safe.

Start With A Plan

Since it’s likely that your family may not be together at the time of an emergency, having a clearly communicated emergency plan ahead of time will ensure everyone knows what to do. Consider everyone in the plan (including pets) and review several different hypothetical scenarios, brainstorming how you might approach each of them. Assign one member of the family to learn first aid and CPR, and be sure everyone knows how to shut off the utilities. As you plan, talk about how you will contact each other, where you will meet up in case you get separated, and be sure everyone understands your local alert systems.

Pack A PSL

In the event of an evacuation, it’s likely you won’t have time to pack. With the chaos, confusion and possible power loss, you may not be able to locate all the items you need, or purchase supplies locally. But by packing a disaster kit ahead of time, you‘ll be prepared at a moment’s notice.

We consulted the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s comprehensive list of emergency items (available here) to learn what should be included in a basic disaster kit. Aside from staples like food and water, FEMA cites a light source as a critical item to include because in the event of emergency that interrupts power, illumination can be critical for your safety and survival.

With its compact size and durable features, the PSL is the ideal light choice for your disaster kit. Requiring no external batteries, the PSL is a bright, waterproof light source that will last for up to 24 hours, needing only daylight to recharge. The PSL can be used during intermittent power interruptions, to assist you through dark, unfamiliar spaces during more long-term outages, or as a signal to communicate that help is needed. It’s hard to know when power loss or a disaster could occur, but an emergency kit including a reliable PSL will help guide your way when you need it most.