20 Days to Ready: Get a Guiding Light (Day 7)

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Get a Guiding Light
20 Days to Ready is a series of simple, daily tasks to help you better prepare for emergencies and protect your family when disaster strikes. Follow along, day by day, and you’ll be more ready (for just about anything) in a few short weeks.

Assignment: Get Flashlights in Place for a Blackout

It’s the stuff we take for granted that can make a big difference in an emergency. In this case, light. Earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes and even thunderstorms can all cause a power outage — but it’s relatively simple to ensure you won’t be lights-out.

Gather a minimum of one flashlight for every two people in the household, says Ready.gov. Store flashlights in multiple rooms of your home, and arrange to keep one in your car and another by your desk at work. If you travel, it might also be a good idea to have one in your suitcase.

When stocking up, consider LED flashlights for their extended battery life, and make sure to keep fresh batteries in the right sizes for each flashlight.

Click here to follow along with more “20 Days to Ready” emergency preparedness tasks.

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