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How to Prepare for a Power Outage

by On Mar 26 2018

Your home can be without electricity at the most inconvenient times, such as during emergencies and natural disasters. No matter the cause of the outage, it’s important to be prepared. Being prepared for a power outage will make these events far less stressful. There are a few things you can do to prepare yourself and your family. Here’s where to start:

  1. Have a few flashlights.
    Always keep a flashlight and extra batteries in a place that is easily accessible for the entire family. During hurricane season, when power outages can last more than a few hours, it is also helpful to have a battery-powered camping lamp on hand.
  2. Use an emergency radio.
    Battery-powered emergency radios are an important part of your emergency kit. When your smartphone dies or a signal is not available, you still need to have access to weather updates. Stay tuned to your local weather station to keep up with updates in cases of severe weather or, during other power outages, you can listen to your favorite music station for entertainment.
  3. Have clean water and food available.
    Some severe power outages can also affect whether your water is safe to drink or cook with. Always have a box of bottled water available and enough non-perishable foods to feed your family for three days.
  4. Consider family entertainment.
    Once you have the essentials prepared, you will want to consider how to entertain your family the old-fashioned way. Board games are a great way to distract the family from the power outage and require no electricity.
  5. Have ice available.
    If you have medications that must be kept cool, such as insulin, then ice is essential. Your refrigerator and freezer should keep your food cold for a day or so if you keep the doors closed, but having ice ready in your freezer will keep your food cold longer.

Power outages can happen at any time, so it’s best to be sooner rather than later. We hope these tips help keep you and your family safe and comfortable. For more tips on how to stay safe during a power outage, visit Ready.gov.