If you don’t have an Eton Blackout Buddy, then you need to get one. It’s an awesome investment with tons of upside and very little downside—a rare commodity today.
I got my Blackout Buddy as a Christmas gift from a friend. It’s so cool. It’s a night-light that looks like an iPod. Since it’s plugged into the wall, it’s always charged, so when the power goes out in your house it automatically kicks on with a full charge. When you unplug it, it doubles as a flashlight, buying you precious time to get your bearings. That alone is worth the price of admission.
But one of my favorite reasons for owning the Blackout Buddy is that it can get you past inertia. Disaster prepping can be overwhelming. There are so many ideas and products to wade through that you feel like you’re drowning in information. No one wants to feel all that pressure and then have to deal with the actual disaster.
Make it easier on your family. The Blackout Buddy alleviates the pressure. I use it as a physical reminder to break my planning up into manageable bite-size pieces. I keep it near the island in the kitchen where our family spends most of our time. It’s a conversation starter.
The Blackout Buddy doesn’t look like your average night-light. As I already mentioned, it looks like an iPod, but it has an American Red Cross on it. One of our friends asked, “Why does it have a red cross on it?” and that question got a conversation going. The Red Cross recommends that Eton’s emergency survival products be part of everyone’s supply kit. That got us talking about more than just what to expect when the house goes dark and everything is scarier. If the conversation gets too heavy, we move on. It almost guarantees we’ll talk about our planning again because it’s always there.
The Blackout Buddy is practical and is an inertia beater. And breaking your prepping into bite-size pieces will lessen the shock when you say to your spouse, “Honey, I want to install a generator.”
P.S. “Thanks E.J. I just bought four Blackout Buddies with a single click on my Amazon account. Even here at the end of the world they will arrive in just two days. Thanks for the great idea!”—Dick Young
P.P.S. “E.J. my Blackout Buddies have already arrived and are all plugged in and ready to go. How very neat. Thanks.” – Dick Young