Preparing for Emergencies – Lighting

We are in pretty good shape for emergency lighting.  We lost our power on New Year’s Day, a few times.  When I woke up at 5am it was really dark, really dark.  I snuck downstairs to turn on a few battery candles so the boys spending the night didn’t trip over anything.  They were great, just the right amount of light – enough to see, but not too much to sleep.  It got me thinking about how ready we are / aren’t in case of these short term emergencies……..let’s start with light.

IMG_1280We have several flashlights, a couple of battery lanterns, and some electric candles.  We need to find some better batteries and look for a good way to store them.




antique oil lamps
antique oil lamps

We also have 4 antique kerosene lamps and a bunch of regular candles in addition to a lot of supplies for making more candles. In addition, all of the boys have head lamps from camping.


Red Cross Recommends

I’ve been listening to OPB’s series about disaster preparation and it’s got me thinking that we could be doing more. So I’ve copies their list below and am going to start getting things together in case we ever need them:

  • Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Flashlight
  • Battery or Hand-cranked radio
  • Extra batteries
  • First adi kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blankets
  • Map(s) of the area

Emergency Ready? – Staying Warm

If the power goes out, so does the furnace at our place.  We do have propane, but without electricity, the fans don’t work.  The water heaters are lovely, they run on propane and after a cold day, a warm bath is wonderful.IMG_0813

We also have a fireplace and, while we can’t afford to upgrade to a wood stove insert right now, we are hoping to someday.  For now, we spent July putting in 5 cords of firewood – oak, fir and pine mostly.  This should keep us in fires for a normal winter.  We are still looking out for some wood, but only if we can get it for free.IMG_0792

I was also able to pick up a lovely goose down comforter at a tag sale for $8.00.  I soaked it an really hot water with a teaspoon of Dawn and 1/4 of Oxi-clean.  It took a couple of soaks until the water stayed clean, then I threw it into the washer for a hot water wash.  I did double spins with felted dryer balls (I added a couple of drops of lavender oil).  The it went out onto the clothes line in the sun for a couple of hours before getting rolled up, stuffed into a pillowcase and stored in a cedar chest for fall.  This brings us up to 7 down comforters in total which should keep us toasty warm the winter.

Emergency Supplies List

* This information if from the American Public Health Administration – for more information click here

Emergency Supplies

√ Flashlight and batteries
√ Manual can opener
Battery-operated radio (and batteries) or hand-cranked radio
Matches in waterproof container
Utility knife
Paper and pencil
Cash, traveler’s checks and coins
Paper cups, plates, plastic utensils, paper towels
Garbage bags
Small, canister ABC-type fire extinguisher
Needles, thread ␣Plastic sheeting
Duct tape, scissors
Extra set of keys and IDs
Local maps
Small tent, compass and shovel
Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper

  • When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, this can be used as a disinfectant. In an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use bleach with added cleaners or bleach that is scented.

Food and water

Three days worth of drinking water, with one gallon of water per person per day.
Three-day supply per person of non-perishable foods.
Three-day supply of Pet food

  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Sheep/Goats
  • Chickens

First aid and emergency medical kit

First aid manual
Bandages, including gauze and bandage tape
Germicidal hand wipes or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
Antiseptic wipes
Non-latex gloves
Antibacterial ointment
Scissors (small, personal)
CPR breathing barrier, such as a face shield
Prescription medications (such as heart and blood pressure med- ications or asthma inhalers) and medical supplies, such as insulin and blood-pressure monitoring equipment, if applicable
Non-prescription medication, such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, anti-diarrhea medicine, antacids and laxatives

Personal items

Extra prescription eyeglasses, if applicable
Denture and contact lens supplies, if applicable
Hearing aid batteries, if applicable
Diapers and infant supplies, if applicable
Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person.
Additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.

Birth, marriage and death certificates
Insurance policies and will
Contracts, deeds, stocks and bonds
Passports, Social Security cards
Immunization records

Complete change of clothing for each person, including a long-sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes.
If you live in a cold climate, add jacket or coat, hat, mittens and scarf.

Moist towelettes, feminine hygiene supplies, latex gloves and other items for personal sanitation

Bank account numbers, credit card account numbers and company contact information Prescription information
Inventory of valuable household goods
Veterinary records for pets, as well as pet photos