Light. We take it for granted, don’t we? After all, if we need light, we just flip a switch, and we have all that we desire. Go out during the day, most days, and there is plenty of natural visibility. But typical situations are not what survival preppers plan for. And that means learning to make do with whatever is at hand to provide the answer to a particular problem.
If the power grid goes down or there is some type of environmental disaster which affects daytime visibility, you may need to create an emergency light in an unprepared situation. Those are just 2 examples of why you may need to light your way if your situation goes from light to dark in a hurry. There are any number of occurrences which could produce the need for illumination as mentioned in the emergency lighting guide at www.emergencyreviewer.com.
And yeah, we know. You saw “emergency light” in the headline of this story, and your mind instantly and unconsciously thought of things like flashlights and candles. Those are excellent light sources in an emergency, and should already be a part of your disaster survival plan. But as you know, things do not always turn out like you want them to.
So you need to know how to make emergency lights out of common items. Let’s take a look at 3 emergency light-making skills you absolutely must have in your back pocket to prepare for TEOTWAWKI.
Sardines are yummy (at least to me). They are an extremely high source of protein and essential fatty acids, although they do not provide very many calories. And they can make an emergency light source in a pinch. Oil lamps have been around for several hundred years. And when you stock sardines packed in olive oil in your emergency food pantry, you extend the versatility of these salty treats.
After eating your sardines, place a piece of natural fiber into the oil that remains. This emergency light “wick” can be made from any string, taken from a mop head or some other source. Once your wick is fully soaked, just light the end. A standard sardine can will provide illumination for several hours.
What’s that you say? Bacon is one of the 4 essential food groups? Yes, we could not agree more. Just saying the word bacon makes me hungry. Every time you cook bacon, save the grease. Store it in a glass container. Stick a natural fiber wick in hardened bacon grease, and you have a burning bacon candle. And the smell is absolutely awesome.
You should always keep toys and games in mind for your emergency plans. Whether you think you will have children in your survival party or not, go out right now and buy some crayons. Crayons are slowly flammable, because a crayon is basically just colored wax. Standing vertically, a burning crayon will provide light for about 30 minutes. Talk about coloring outside of the lines of normalcy. Store extra crayons if you have kids in your party, so Little Susie doesn’t throw a hissy fit when you start igniting her Crayolas.