These things look ridiculous, but they’re such an immense utility for everybody, especially those of us who live in disaster prone areas (like me). Aside from looking like something out of a bad SciFi movie, the Vector Tough Brite (aka bright) Storm Tracker provides an LED-area light, spotlight, AM/FM radio and a 5-inch UHF/VHF black and white TV.
The most important part, however, is that it can be powered by a crank. So long after the power goes out, you can still have light and monitor safety channels. Unless of course you run out of food and are too feeble to turn the crank. In which case you’re screwed.
It’s available from Home Depot for $39.98.