Crazy events seem to occur every week in this country, which remind us about the importance of being prepared. So, not only should you have the necessary gear and supplies to make it through an emergency, you should also place them throughout your home for easy access. Here are some items I keep throughout my house so I can get to them quickly and safely.
I have at least one gun stored on every level of my home. Because I have small children in the house, every one of these guns is in a rapid-access safe, either a safe made by Gunvault or Stack-On. The fact is, if someone breaks into my home, I don’t have to worry about running upstairs (and possibly past the intruder) to retrieve a firearm to defend myself. Some of these guns include a GLOCK 19, SIG Sauer P226, and SIG Sauer P250.
Guns aren’t the only preparedness item I have on every level of my home. I also have a flashlight on every level, so in case the lights go out, I don’t have to wander around in the dark trying to find a flashlight hidden in an obscure corner of the house. When it comes to flashlights, I have plenty of tactical flashlights that I carry with me and that I have on my nightstand. These flashlights are made by SureFire and NexTorch.
However, in addition to my tactical flashlights, I also have larger non-tactical lights, which have batteries that will last for dozens of hours. One big light I have in my kitchen is a 6V Eveready flashlight that can be bought at hardware stores for about $7. This is the large yellow flashlight that you’ve probably seen a million times. The beauty of this flashlight is that it lasts 100 hours before you need to get a new battery, and a new battery is only about $8.
Recently, I got another larger flashlight that will also last 100 hours. The light is the O2 Beam by Nebo. It’s a brand-new flashlight that has five different settings. The low setting puts out 85 lumens of light and will last 100 hours. The medium setting puts out 200 lumens and lasts 55 hours. The high setting puts out 420 lumens and lasts 20 hours. The other two settings are strobe and beacon.
I’ve been very impressed with this flashlight so far, because not only does it have the five settings, but you can adjust the light beam to go from being wide to a concentrated spotlight. According to the company, when the flashlight is on the highest setting and it’s in “spot light mode,” the beam distance is 500 yards. Surprisingly, this flashlight isn’t too expensive, only $80, which is a good deal for this type of flashlight.
In addition to flashlights and guns, I also have food storage on every level of my home. The reason for this is in case there is ever any kind of flooding. Growing up in Virginia, I remember the basement flooding after a hurricane and losing food and all types of supplies we had in our basement.
Unless a “Noah’s Ark” type of flood comes and the water is over top of my house, I don’t have to worry about all of my food getting ruined if water gets into my basement. To get information on food storage, do an online search for “LDS Cannery.” The Mormon Church is a great resource for information on the topic.
How are you keeping your home prepared? Tell us in the comment section.