Even though there were countless rescuers with boats during Hurricane Harvey, many people were stranded on rooftops for extended periods of time.
In fact, during a live report, a local Houston reporter with KTRK was interrupted by someone on a nearby rooftop, who urgently needed help.
The reporter was giving information to viewers about the widespread flooding when he noticed a flashing light on a rooftop.
The news crew was able to make their way towards the light and found several stranded people including elderly and disabled who needed help right away.
Luckily, one fellow stranded on the rooftop had a flashlight with him and was able to use the strobe mode to get the attention of the news crew.
This is a great example of one of the many ways a survival flashlight can save your life in an emergency.
The strobe mode is not only great for distracting someone who is trying to attack you but depending on the specific flashlight, it can alert people who are far away that you need help.
With that in mind, I want to share with you some things you should consider with your emergency flashlights.
Have multiple survival flashlights in your home.
You should have multiple flashlights because you never know where you might be when the power goes out. I recommend at least one flashlight on each level of your home and ideally, you should have one in each room. (I know it seems like overkill, but I have three flashlights on just my nightstand.)
Plus, don’t forget to make sure you have a flashlight in your car. If you ever get stranded or need to change a tire at night you will want to have a light. Of course, don’t forget to make sure your bug out bag has one as well, with extra batteries.
I recommend purchasing flashlights that have the ability to tail stand. What this means is that the flashlight will stand on its own pointing up toward the ceiling.
The reason this is important is because you can light up more area with just one flashlight since it’s pointed at the ceiling. Plus, it makes things easier and more convenient so you don’t always have to be holding the light.
Know the run time.
Before an emergency occurs, you need to use your flashlights and know their run time. In other words, with new batteries, how many hours will your flashlight last?
You need to be prepared to go without power for at least 72-hours, which means you need to know how long your flashlight will last with new batteries. This way you can purchase the correct number of batteries needed to last for an extended amount of time.
Make sure your light has different settings such as high, medium and low modes so you can conserve battery. Don’t forget, you want to have a strobe feature too, which is what saved the group of people stuck on the roof during the hurricane.
Finally, invest in a quality flashlight. Treat a flashlight like a gun or a knife, meaning you buy one that will last you the rest of your life… and, one that you’re confident can take a beating and keep on working.