Let me know if this scenario sounds familiar to you:
It's around 8 p.m. on a weeknight and after a long day at work, you've settled in to enjoy some primetime TV. McDreamy is preparing to run a CT scan on the cheerleader who thinks she has superpowers while emergency room workers are freaking out about two men with large neck wounds resembling vampire bites . . .? Something like that.
Suddenly McDreamy's face is replaced with that of the local weatherman. The storm that initially warranted only a ticker tape has now escalated to a show interrupting level. Before you can make sense of the yellow, green and red blobs on the radar, the TV flickers out along with the rest of your power. After finally unearthing your keys (which carry the only flashlight you own—you know, the one you got for free at the health fair at work) you click it on only to discover the batteries are out. If only you had an extra set of batteries.
This has happened to the best of us. Even having four or five flashlights in the house doesn't guarantee working batteries. Having extra flashlights and batteries on hand can help prevent crises like the above scenario or be your hero when the remote control stops working. Check out weeks 12 & 13 of 21 Weeks to Prepare for more tools that might come in handy during a disaster.