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Our Power just went out – Emergency Preparedness

So, as the title suggests, we just lost power. It was very much my fault! I started the bath water for my son and got sidetracked, it overflowed and ran down into the basement. It was not pretty and the kids were freaking out. Luckily it only lasted about a half hour and we came back full force. I am so glad that my husband is so handy with electricity and all other much needed around the house stuff! I am also glad that we have been prepping for emergencies, so we were ok, and would have been ok even if the power was out longer.

What I did notice, was even though we had flashlights and candles, it didn’t seem like enough to keep our kids from flipping out from the darkness. This means I will be ordering some battery or hand crank operated lamps as our next prepping item!

Some that really caught my eye are the Wind ‘N Go Portable Lantern/Radio, Wind ‘N Go 7820 Vers-A-Light Hand Crank Flashlight Lantern & Emergency S.O.S. Beacon, 19-LED Light, and the LEGO Hand Crank Dynamo Flash Light Torch Giant Lego Man for the kiddos.

emergency light

  • Self-powered compact Lantern and S.O.S. Beacon, Weatherproof housing. Hang it in a tent or from a tree; use the magnets to attach it to a car or other metal object; use it as a flashlight, reading light, or signal for help.
  • 19 LEDs (16 white and 3 red), 16 white bi-level LEDs each operate on high or low, 3 red LEDs blink S.O.S. or operate at a steady glow
  • 4 ways to charge: 1) Dynamo hand crank – 2-3 minutes of winding provides up to 40 minutes of light, 2) USB charging cable included (charges from your computer), 3) 120-volt 4) 12-volt charging
  • When fully charged by any of the three electrical methods will provide up to 10 hours of light, Detachable handle with hook – hang it around a tree branch or hang from a string line, 3 magnets on the back to secure to metal objects
  • Unit weight is 0.67 lbs. 3.9 in Diameter and 1.6 in High.


  • Self-powered lantern with built-in AM/FM radio; ideal for the campsite or your emergency kit
  • Three minutes of winding the handle provides up to 75 minutes of use
  • Offers low setting (three LEDs), high setting (six LEDs), and emergency setting (six red blinking LEDs)
  • Has emergency siren, DC charger, nightlight, compass, audio input cord, and Nokia cell-phone adapter
  • Weighs 1.75 pounds; covered by one-year manufacturer warranty

lego light

  • Built in Generator, crank the arm and watch it work
  • 2 White LED lights
  • Built in rechargeable NiMH batteries
  • Great gift for all ages
  • Pose-able head, arms, and light angling legs


Willow Stevens

Willow is a mother of six who begins to feel the empty nest, with faer oldest child living with his long-time girlfriend in another state, and the next three begin their talks about jobs and the excitement of college and living alone. Willow started couponing in 2007 to save their family some money on the grocery budget. That's how Freetail Therapy was born, so that fae could share their knowledge of saving money with others. Though the site has become so much more since then, and now includes homeschooling and homesteading info, Willow still does it all on a budget and shares how. Willow enjoys snagging freebies, snuggling with their dog, Xander, drinking decaf coffee, gardening, cannabis and of course, their large frugal family.

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