Many times, a power outage will strike when you least expect it. Here are some tips for taking care of yourself and your family in the event of a blackout, no matter the severity or length of time.
Stock up on Batteries
It is always a good idea to have external sources of power on hand, such as rechargeable cell phone batteries, fully charged laptop batteries and batteries for flashlights and lamps. Try to drain a battery completely, rather than using several at a time, and only use batteries when absolutely necessary, especially if you do not know how long the power outage will continue.
Buy a Backup Generator
For periods of extended power outages, Standby Generators can be incredibly beneficial. These sources of electricity come in many different sizes and price points, depending on the size of your home and your specific needs. Use a standby generator to preserve perishable food or be able to use the phone or internet as needed. These generators are ideal for extended periods of time without power, such as in the event of a natural disaster.
Consider Nonperishable Rations
Although rations are good to have on hand for any emergency event, they are integral during a blackout because you may not have access to perishable goods. Keep enough water for one gallon per day, per family member, and a variety of forms of dense nutrition, like health bars, granola and beans. If you want to save money, buying in bulk is your best option. This way, you will be guaranteed to have enough supplies for your entire family at a reasonable price.
Keep Family Members Informed
It is important that all members of your family are up to date on a unified plan of action in case of a power grid failure. Have a meeting and develop a family plan that covers every aspect of an electric outage, from knowing the location of food and water rations to the stock of excess batteries or how to operate a backup generator. Make sure if you have any family pets that they are provided for with food and water as well. Assign a task or category to each person to enact the plan quickly and efficiently should the power go out unexpectedly.
Being prepared for a power outage can be easily done if you have a system in place and you have stocked up on the supplies you will need. Using these tips, you are guaranteed to have less anxiety about any electric failure.
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