Power Outages

Power outages are inevitable. Be prepared for when it happens.

Power OutagePower outages can take us by surprise, but they are bound to happen. So it makes sense to plan for one now instead of looking for a flashlight when the lights are out. Make preparations today to keep your family protected and ensure peace of mind if such an event should happen. Consider these four things when planning and preparing for a power outage emergency:

When the power goes out appliances stop working, which includes your hot water heater. If the power is out for more than a few hours, you’ll need a way to heat water in order to sanitize dishes, eating utensils, and do laundry, as well as purifying water. Have at least two ways to heat water and cook food that don’t rely on electric power. For example you can use your barbeque grill to heat and purify the water you need.

Also, your refrigerator will stop working and when food has warmed to 40 degrees Fahrenheit or higher for two or more hours, it is no longer safe to consume. But if you fill empty beverage bottles with water and have them in your freezer, you can prolong the cold temperatures in your fridge. When the power goes out, the bottles will help keep food cool longer. A thermometer will let you know whether or not the food is in the safe-to-eat zone.

You should also store at least a week’s worth of food that doesn’t require refrigeration that is very simple to prepare. For example, dried and canned fruit, nuts, power bars, peanut butter, fruit/applesauce cups, V-8 juice, and tuna cans are all a good source of nutrition without requiring any cooking. If the food you have requires some cooking, fire up the grill or a stove alternative. Be sure to store enough fuel for the barbeque and/or wood, if necessary.

You’ll also need several light sources, including flashlights, headlamps, and lanterns during a power outage. It is also a good idea to store extra batteries for anything that is battery-powered. Also, invest in a good quality emergency radio that is battery powered so that you can stay informed of any news.

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