As a last tip, kids were given their flashlights as part of going to bed. They expect a power outage thru the night and this empowers them to act and have some control of the situation.
Radio check scene that introduces a friend to the story. Little confusion with relating the idea of a radio/distance communication to a young reader. Another scene where they wave to their friend’s house should help with this.
Finding there is no power throughout the house, the kids decide to venture out of their room to investigate.