Preparing for Power Outage / Lights Out Kit

Preparing for Power Outage / Lights Out Kit

Alright guys welcome back. In this video
we talk a little bit about being prepared. Now recently we had a ice storm in our area and that left me and my wife without power for about four days. And
that got me thinking about things that you might get together to get you
through that time. I’m not talking about like a months-long power outage im just talking about temporary, two, three, maybe four days without power. These are just a few
things you may need to prepare for that temporary a power outage. Of course I’m
definitely going to recommend that you try to reach a higher level of
preparedness ideally when you reach a certain level you really want to be able
to sustain yourself for a week, a month maybe even longer. Now for power outage obviously what you’d really like to have is a generator or even better a solar
generator. let’s dig in here and see what i got for you guys. The first I’m gonna
recommend is a good propane heater like this Mr Heater I hear. I love this thing, I’ve
had it for a little while now and it comes in handy a lot. If your powers that obviously your air conditioner runs on electricity so you’re not gonna be able to heat or cool your house and especially in a situation like we had with an ice storm, its really
cold outside you need a way to get some heat. Next thing I want to think about is a good propane stove like this Coleman here, you
want to get something is pretty good quality. The first one I bought was an Ozark Trail which is very similar to this one but the quality is not near as good as this Coleman. If your power is out, most things you have in the kitchen that you use to cook
everyday aren’t gonna work for you so it’s nice to have a good propane option like
this here. Now both of these items are going to run on these little one pound Coleman propane tanks. So its good to stock up on those, at least make sure you get enough to get you to a few days. Next thing is
your food and water. Since you’re potentially gonna have to cook on this
propane stove, you wanna get foods that are really easy to prepare like canned foods or instant mashed potatoes that only need water to prepare. Another thing is your refrigerator is not going to work, so if you’ve got those nice thick rib eye steaks in your refrigerator that you were planning on cooking next week, if you don’t go ahead do something about that they’re going to
bad, so go get you a bag of charcoal, another good option to cook the food that you have without having to use electricity. Make sure you have plenty of drinking water to get you
through a few days. The other thing you wanna think about this filling up your bathtub with water, maybe the sink, maybe a couple buckets that way you’ll have water to bathe with, fill the back of your toilet so you can keep that flushed. And another really good option to store
drinking water in your bathtub is a Waterbob, ill roll in a picture of one of
those for you, that’s a really cool item that you might want to think about having. Now if your power is out you are not gonna have any light so you want to make sure you have plenty of
flashlights around house. If you don’t have any go pick up some like these, these are just the $1 flashlights at Walmart and they’re actually pretty decent flashlights for the money.
Going right along with the flashlights, you wanna make sure you have a couple good lanterns,
keep the whole room lit up you know that way you keep your morale up around the
house, place and card games with the family, maybe even tell a few ghost stories. But you definitely can’t overlook the need to have a good light source. You wanna make sure you have plenty of batteries this is just a couple of bulk boxes
that I got from Lowes, double-a and triple-a. The next thing you’re gonna need is a radio.
You want to be informed about what’s going on, keep up with the weather, make sure you know what’s going on around you. So you don’t have to use up all your batteries, you also wanna make sure you have plenty of candles around the house. If you don’t
have many, you can go get these little tea light candles, you can get a hundred of them for like five bucks. That’s definitely not a problem at my house because my wife has an intense candle addiction. They’re everywhere all over my house, it’s crazy. Ill try to show you guys a
picture of them. I’m sure there’s at least 50 laying around the house. And that’s pretty much
it guys, there are few more things I think you should do you know that a power outage
may be coming, if you know there’s ice storm coming your way You defiantly want to go ahead and make sure your phone is charged, make sure your computer is charged. Make sure all your vehicles are
full of gas. Id also like to have a cooler full of ice to keep the food from the
refrigerator cold. like I said earlier in the video, its nice to already be at a
higher level of preparedness because these kind of things can catch you off guard, and you never know when your power might go out. And you don’t want to be that guy last minute
trying to brave the icy roads or fight those crowds at Walmart. So go ahead and stock up on some of these things, keep them around the house that way always be prepared
for when it happens. But like I said this is just a few things I thought you might
want to think about, I’m sure you gonna have a whole lot of other suggestions so
please put them in the comments below and lets get a good discussion going thank yall for watching and we’ll see you later this is a serious addiction this is crazy what we live in a
three-room house there was at least 10 days in each room this is intense I’m
not take credit for the others but they don’t even have wicks word I love my way

49 thoughts on “Preparing for Power Outage / Lights Out Kit

  1. good stuff! i have much the same setup. we pulled it out last night when the tornado rolled thru. i would add a weather radio. i buy those catholic "jesus" candles from walmart, they are pretty big, safe with their tall glass design, and you can surround yourself with anything better than reminders of God when your in pensive situations.

  2. no power outages in our house. we live off grid on solar power. but really good info. for people who do live on grid. tfs

  3. Keeping some larger 40+ candles is good for larger families. I like candles with wide bases as they seem seem harder to tilt/ knock over IMO. Have some tea light candles as well. Solar lights and hand cranking lights are a good way to supplement chemical lights and candles, and conserve a flashlight or headlamp for jobs. Always planning ahead where would I put the candles or solar lights to aid in seeing.
    Dont forget the battery bank/power paks. Few usb flood or trail lights can help too.

  4. WARNING absolutely DO NOT burn charcoal inside a house. Charcoal produces a huge amount of toxic gasses such as Carbon monoxide which is deadly, it puts you to sleep and you die. Many people have died here in Australia due to carbon monoxide poisoning in recent years. One such case was a person burning charcoal inside to try to keep warm. Your propane burners and candles also produce carbon monoxide and should not be used inside a house (a few candles are fine) the only safe burner is alcohol burners as they are the exception and don't produce carbon monoxide gas. Targin burner is a popular example, you can also buy metho or denatured alcohol heaters at least in Australia which are very effective heaters, it's also a very cheap fuel.

  5. Howdy folks:) I live on a rural indian reservation in southern AZ…wont you please send your kind donation…..LMAO…IM KIDDING!!!!

    Our power isntt the most reliable and every so often it will go out for either an hour, several hours….a day or 3-4.

    Although I have some battery and solar LED lights….which are harsh as hell on the eyes, i always yearned for some good old fashioned candles and FINALLY, I got a bunch a few weeks ago, just in time for another evening time outage that lasted until morning.

    As well as I often "think" I am "prepared", it turns out its not as well sometimes.

    Candles folks…..seriously!!! AND do NOT forget the decorative candle holders no matter how "decorative"….MEN!!! They are indeed practical…and….actually set a mood…so…ok then.

    Many candles:)

    Be safe folks!

    Thank you to our host, GREAT tips:)

  6. for about 4 days straight you would need 3-4 more pairs of propane tanks to last you,(maybe more if it's a blizzard). why not just use a larger bbq style tank ?

  7. Good ideas. Been trying to get away from bug out bag videos. Up here in Canada it's -35C. Look up Ice Tsunami. I made an emergency bag in case of fire as well. Been thinking about the Mr heater. I bought the same stove good choice. Hope we never have to use them. Easy!

  8. Here's a suggestion: I found a new non-stick 1970's model fondue pot that sits on its own electric base at a thrift store. You throw all those candles in and heat it up, ON LOW. You can even throw the glasses in there. The wax will melt. The glass will slough off the wax and you can wipe 'em down. YOu then make your own candles out of a chunk of wood with a hole drilled in it making a chimney, or just use the same glasses your now-melted candles were in. YOu can buy wick or you can use string. You can make 'em any size you want. YOu can put three or four wicks in each candle. And while you're at it you can make firestarters with sawdust, wood chips or dryer lint.

  9. Thanks for video. Living in So Cal our problems are a little different, being prepared for an earthquake is high on our list. So for us water needs to be stored in advance.

  10. Buy a propane distribution tree and a high pressure hose, and run your stove and a lantern off a 5 Gallon bulk propane tank.
    Also, an old fashioned coffee percolator! Gotta have coffee!

  11. In the middle of summer, a hurricane knocked out our electric for six days. I kept a spray bottle of water with me, and every half hour or so, sprayed myself. Even during the night with no fans. It was so helpful. During the day I sat outside with the hose and shut-off nozzle and kept myself wet, along with the bushes and grass for a couple of hours. But in hindsight, I would do things differently. If roads are passable, explore outside your area to see who has power, like restaurants and stores, as getting out of the house is good for morale. Also, buy things ahead of time that will not go bad. I saw so many that were buying perishables. I would have made a fire pit in my back yard, for a way to cook or at least make coffee, tea, and heat up foods. Having dry wood/kindling is important, as with snow and rain, the wood is the first to go, if stored outside without a cover. I ate out of cans the entire six days, and made cold coffee from shaking coffee in a jar with water and putting it through a filter. Not the best, I assure you. My best investment was a Rayvac $30 flashlight that was so powerful it kept most of the house lit up if it was pointed at the ceiling. I didn't need anything else for light, and it lasted five days. It made candles obsolete.

  12. Thankfully we don't have cold winters so when Hurricane Maria hit us last year and we were without power for 70 days at least we didn't have to worry about freezing to death but the heat was HORRIFIC!

  13. Burn time on little Mr buddy 1 can full burn 7 hours on medium 4 on max max = 9,000 btu. Large Mr buddy 2 cans max burn 8 hours med 12 hours low 16 hours. . OK water in tub fine a late washer hold 27 gallons fill your tub fill your washer start now refill fruit juice half gallon jars after good rinse no soap . OK now fill former juice bottle with 6 drops bleach uncented non jell. Just 6 drops regular bleach this out of sun light will keap it good for over 1 year . Then for cooking filter it your empty milk jugs are good if rinse hat water real good can be bath water dish water 8 drops bleach to preserve. Don't buy if you not have to save money for things you must buy drop me a note if got other ?????????. Ok

  14. I see too many items here that are dependent on a fuel source, or need to be replaced (such as non-rechargeable batteries for those flashlights). Why not invest in some inexpensive SOLAR lanterns (you can find them on Amazon around $7) that come with a USB charging port (be sure to have the cable and you can charge your phone from this). I keep one in each room in the house, and one in the dash of my van, all fully charged.
    Get yourself some rechargeable batteries for the items that use them (pretty reasonable at Harbor Freight), and pick up a small battery charger that also can run off of the solar generator mentioned at the beginning.
    I picked up an electric hot plate that my solar generator can also run, so I don't have to worry about fuel or fumes indoors. I've been at this for a couple years now…I keep thinking about what would work for me, especially as the carer of an elderly person, and a lot of these ideas just don't fly.
    What will you use to light all those tea light candles? Guess what–they now make fireplace lighters that don't use fuel–you can recharge them with a USB cable!! (also on Amazon, $16) Don't be scared–be prepared.

  15. As far as the heater, we had a power outage for around 24 and we used this heater. It was very cold out and we burned this with only one tank on low, which fid not help us but we run two tanks out in seven hours I think. You better have a bigger tank to hook up to if you want to stay at least warm with it. It is not the best but better then nothing.

  16. I'm more likely to offer flashlights (with rechargeable batteries) to people than a candle. They might run down the batteries but they're less likely to start a fire. I also have a couple of 'squeeze' flashlights (rechargeable batteries and a hand operated generator). A few squeezes will give several minutes of light (LEDs).
    My primary power outage item is the solar generator I designed and built. Depending on the season, I get 8 to 24 hours of silent power for fridge, some lights, internet, charging cell phones, even running the furnace for a short while. I have a 1600/2000 watt inverter generator as backup for the solar-charged generator. Without sun, the inverter gen can recharge the solar gen's battery bank in a few hours and we're ready for another night. I won't leave the generator running out back when it's the only one I've heard all day – it might grow legs.
    Heating & cooking are natural gas. Cooktop burners can be lit with a spark lighter; backup cooking is a Coleman stove (liquid fuel) with an aftermarket propane adapter (1lb canisters plus a hose & regulator for a 20lb tank). Backup heating is battery operated gas logs in one fireplace (batteries for the remote AND the gas valve) and a kerosene heater. Backup for freezer is the frozen gallon jugs of water in the unused space – manufacturer says it should stay cold 24 hours if door not opened but having more frozen mass inside ensures that. If needed, it can be cooled down when a gen is running. Pantry is almost always at the week+ level. I might not want oatmeal and hot chocolate for breakfast, but being able to boil water means we can prepare those things.
    Being prepared isn't something you DO once and are done with it. It's something you LIVE – including refilling the car's gas tank at the 1/2 mark, having a spare tank for the gas grill and having more than a week's supply of food in the pantry.

  17. Do not utilize propane appliances indoors! Almost every year in Canada someone kills their entire family using a BBQ to keep warm during a power outage.

  18. You can get a solar powered radio with a crank that powers it up too. This can be used to recharge cell phones & computers. Larger battery chargers might be able to power up a small induction hot plates to boil water or heat up soups. These do not give off heat or flames to burn anyone with. There are small portable kerosene heaters with handles that can easily be moved around but they need to be used in a well ventilated space.

  19. Hey Great Video – Just a couple questions / Suggestions.ย I didn't see a first aid Kit / fire extinguisher, I also use the big daddy heater I have 12 1# canisters and we have (4) 5 gallon tanks for the heater & BBQ. also for lighting I bought 6 solar lights at wal mart 12.00 and big 5 has Luci lights onย  sale for 9,99 so I bought 3, I also have goal zero charger for recharging batteries. we also went to the dollar store they have 6 pack of 9 Hour emergency candles for a buck. my wife bought like 20 packs.also I have esbit stove to heat up my coffee pot. 1 last thing some people don't think about when our power went out this fall we didn't have a working can opener, they were both electric, I had to pop cans with my knife and a old P – 38, what a mess. good luck all.

  20. I thought the government shut down was because they won't fund the wall? Could it be actually are using it to fund the wall with tax money that would go to employees and programs?

  21. I just save my toilet paper rolls pack them together, make little logs and there's my fuel and then I use an old can as my stove , also I use a big coffie can with long candles and sand and make a hater. That's what you do when you're poor.

  22. What kind of idiot would possibly give your video a thumbs down? Excellent free and important tips and advice. Thanks for sharing your video!

  23. Living in FL we all have to be prepared for hurricane season. Ive learned to buy before season starts because then its a mad house.

  24. Be ready for power outages that are comming soon. Everyone should have supplies for at the very least 6 months. If not this year, 2020 for definate. Dark times ahead.
    Please be aware of deception as well. Project Bluebeam, Garden Plot, 5G, Fema,EMP,ect.

  25. How did it go with wasting all that money for one day the power was out. Do you feel better about yourself with less money

  26. I am addicted to buying candles for my mom, I keep extras on the hutch in our kitchen ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  27. If itโ€™s an ice storm Iโ€™m imagining that itโ€™s snowing and water will freeze.

    So buy some ice substitute or put water outside to freeze put and put it in your fridge to keep things cooled.

    Buy a big cooler also they sell adapters for those Mr. Heaters to use big the regular propane cylinders.

  28. If you've never been through an outage before, you're bound to forget something when you prep so a dry run is a good idea. Spend a weekend with the main breaker shut off and make notes. You'll be amazed at how long the list is at the end of the trial. We found that we wanted much more light than we thought we would so we how have a box of super bright LED lanterns, head lights and solar pathway lights modified with squares from a 2×6 as a base.

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