You may be in your bed in the middle of the night when there is a fire that takes out your power. Worse, you may be in your bed at night and someone cuts your power before they make entry into your home. You may be in a department store which goes completely dark if the power goes out. How to get your bearings and get to your emergency supplies (ie: flashlight, firearm, etc) during an emergency in the dark is a skill that everyone should know. Here's some ideas:
- Always carry a small flashlight with you in your daily carry bag.
- Keep your bag organized so that when you reach into it, you will know where to find what you need by feel.
- Have a flashlight under your bed; always keep it in the same place.
- Try to memorize the layout of your location (room/shopping center/etc) so that you would have some idea of how to navigate the room in the dark.
- If you were to turn out all of the lights in your home some night, would you be able to walk from room to room in the dark without without injuring yourself?
- If you took your firearm apart and left it in a pile on the kitchen table then turned out all of the lights some night, would you be able to put it back together by feel?
- Can you quickly find any item you need in your BOB by feel?
The idea here is to be able to do what you need to do, especially in the event of an emergency, without light--something we often take for granted.