Have you ever experienced a sudden power outage? It is a surprising, frustrating, and extremely difficult situation. It is easy to forget how reliant we are on electricity. We don’t just lose our lights when the power goes out. We cannot use the T.V., desktop computer, can’t charge phones or other mobile devices. The fridge, freezer, washer, dryer, and oven all lose power. Basically, life comes to a screeching halt. If the power is out for just a few minutes, this is totally manageable. But what if it is out for several hours or more?! In 2003, Canada and the Northeast United States experienced a power outage that lasted for over two days! Today, we are going to help you out with a perfect power outage preparation plan which will ensure you are ready for any eventuality.
First, you should put together an emergency preparedness kit which will be good not just for power outages, but for any type of emergency. When putting it together, make sure you include flashlights, batteries, candles, matches and cash. You may want to consider adding specialized supplies such as portable phone chargers and cords.
A well-stocked first aid kit is also essential. You never know what might happen during a power outage. If the outage occurs at night, there will be a higher likelihood that accidents could occur. You can opt to purchase a preassemble first aid kit from a drugstore, or you can build your own. If you build your own, make sure to include bandages, scissors, gauze, antibiotics, tape, and some pain meds such as ibuprofen.
Store your new first aid kit with your emergency preparedness kit somewhere safe. Make sure everyone in the family knows where it is located. You may even want to have a backup or two prepared, just in case.