With severe weather lurking just to our west and inching closer by the hour, you might wonder, what you can do to prepare for a prolonged power outage. Here are my recommendations:
- Locate and place in an easy to find location: candles, matches, flashlights, lanterns, solar lights
- If you have well water, fill your bathtub and washing machines with water so you have water to use for flushing.
- Know where your first aid supplies are located in case of an injury.
- Make sure your medications are filled.
- Fill up your gas tank. Supplies of gas can run very low after a disaster.
- If you have a grill, make sure you have ample gas or charcoal that you can use for cooking.
- Prepare an emergency radio. I have a radio that can be used as a weather radio or regular AM/FM. It has a flashlight light and can be powered via solar, batteries or even hand crank.
- A back-up 12v battery (charged) or solar chargers can come in handy to charge small electronics
- Make sure your laptop and cell phone are both charged. Most Android devices can be used as a Wifi hot spot for your laptop.
- Catch up on laundry and run the dishwasher if you have time. It might not hurt to vacuum the house, too!
- If it is winter, determine how you can best keep your pipes from freezing. The house needs to stay above 55 degrees to prevent freezing in cold weather.
- If you have to leave during a power outage, secure your home. A lot of times thieves capitalize on natural disasters and attempt to loot. Emergency personnel are already stretched thin during a natural disaster.
- Recreational activities. Power outages can be boring.