Oh no! It's 10:30 at night and you are about to go to bed when bam, Â the next thing you know it is pitch black in the house. Electricity is out. Unfortunately this scenario has become too common. Here is one of the best emergency items to have on hand. A flashlight that plugs into the wall and illuminates once it is cut off from a supply of electricity. Â Click here to watch my video on our home's emergency flashlight. Think about it, not only do you know exactly where the flashlight is plugged in, it illuminates itself! Here is a link to the Red Cross version, cleverly called the Blackout Buddy, available on Amazon for a price of under $20. While I on the subject of blackouts I thought I would let you know about the App called MySCE. This is super helpful for number one either reporting the outages or know someone has reported it. Number 2 SCE tells you how many homes are affected and the approximately length of time restoration.