Lights Should Be Part of Your Disaster Preparedness Plan


This year, it seems like the entire Midwest, East, and Southern parts of the country just can not catch a break. After a cold and snowy winter marked by repeated visits of the polar vortex, spring has brought its own dangerous weather. Now, the South is recovering from severe storms and tornadoes that have left a trail of destruction across Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee, with Georgia the next likely target of the severe weather. In fact, it is estimated that 75 million Americans are under the threat of severe weather just today.

While we wish everyone in the areas affected by the storms a speedy recovery in terms of health and property, now is a good opportunity to talk about disaster preparedness. One of the little-known categories of lighting supplies carried by Topbulb is portable lights and safety products, two types of items that should be part of everyone’s emergency kit.

Years ago, a friend of mine in the Army put on several preparedness classes, from emergency medicine to sheltering in place in times of emergency. One of the main lessons was to have one or more emergency kits, whether it is for staying at home during an emergency or for leaving the area if it gets really bad.

While medical supplies and water purification are two of the main considerations when the grid goes down, the lack of light will be a huge problem if electricity is unavailable for a period of days or weeks.

Emergency Lighting

One type of light everyone should have is a sturdy flashlight. Also, consider a keychain type of light that you can carry and forget about. If using a regular flashlight, have some spare replacement flashlight bulbs in case one burns out.

This is a great reason to consider an LED keychain light, as well, since they will provide light for much longer than the standard incandescent. Both the Navigator and Asp lights provide a high efficiency solid state beam of light, and are small enough to clip to a keychain or jacket.

Another type of light worth considering is an LED tap light. Sylvania offers a line of DOT-IT lights in a variety of colors. Set one on your emergency kit, in your crawlspace, or other areas, and you’ll have a light that’s not connected to the grid that you can rely on if the power goes out during a storm.

Safety Gear

Finally, let’s talk a little about safety gear. Illuminated vests, armbands, and belts have been around for years, but did you know there are also illuminated pet collars and leashes? Some of the most touching videos on the internet of people recovering from disasters is finding their pets that they feared were lost forever. While having an illuminated dog collar will not guarantee safety for your pet, having one may make it more likely for your pet to be found and saved before it is too late.

Every time there is a tragedy like the tornadoes and storms that have hit the South over the past two days, it should remind us how fragile life and our houses really are in the face of Mother Nature. A few extra lights and equipment can make a huge difference in your level of preparedness and the safety of your family and property.

If you are shopping for lights and safety gear for your own home and family, you may also also consider making a donation to help with disaster relief in the South.

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Nick Heeringa

Nick is a writer, publisher and editor for the Topbulb blog. Check back often for more of his writing on lighting applications and announcements for the Topbulb website and blog!