Be Prepared for a Power Outage
A power outage can happen at any time without warning or your control. Whether a natural disaster or a citywide outage, the first sight of lights flickering and your home turning pitch black, can make your panic. When electricity loss puts food, water and heat (in colder seasons) in jeopardy your concern grows. So, how do you stay safe and as comfortable as possible to survive a storm? We’ll tell you.
Having some basic essentials on hand regularly will make things a lot easier if disaster strikes. Water, propane, portable lanterns, and extra batteries will come in handy during a power outage.
Be sure to keep your pantry stocked with nonperishable goods. Items with plenty of protein and other nutrients will keep you running longer. And remember, items that can be eaten cold such as peanut butter, whole-grain crackers, energy bars, beef jerky and dried fruit will be comforting to all. Don’t forget about your pets either! Your furry friends will be under a lot of stress during blackouts, so try to keep things as normal as possible for them.
Get your phone and other electronic gadgets charged up and ready to rock. External power sources like power banks are a great way to charge your devices without having to plugin to an outlet. Care chargers will also top off the charge periodically when necessary.
And, if you’re lucky enough to have a generator, be a good neighbor and offer to helo others in need. Do what you can to make life easier for others who may not be as well prepared as you are.