During a power outage, maybe all you want is to read at night and for the refrigerator to keep your food cold. You can cook on the grill, right?
Disaster is out there lurking. Perhaps not twirling a handlebar mustache and affecting a cliché evil laugh, but ready to slap you around if you are unprepared. When Disaster knocks out the power in your neighborhood, the effects may be as short as a few hours or last several days. Are you ready? Will you have light, refrigeration, and communication or will you be in the dark, with spoiling food and out of touch?
Here is a quick check list for things to do Before, During, and After a power outage:
The best time to prepare is before a power outage!
- Create or resupply your emergency preparedness kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies. Alcohol can make a great barter item too.
- Invest in alternative charging methods for your phone and other device that require power.
- Learn where the manual release lever for your electric garage door is located and how to operate it.
- For a temporary or planned power outage, you can purchase ice or freeze water bottles to help keep food cold.
- A good practice is to keep your car’s gas tank full. Gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps.
- Study the emergency plans on your state’s or local website. Make your own plans accordingly.
- If you rely on a medical device or anything that is power dependent, determine a back-up plan.
Once a Power Outage happens: Safety Tips
- Candles can cause fires, use flashlights.
- Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Keep the cold in and the kids out.
- In hot climates, take steps to remain cool. Drink plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Save the liquor for trading and disinfectant.
- In cold climates, put on layers of warm clothing. If the power is out for a long time, plan on going somewhere that has heat. Again, save the liquor for trading.
- A momentary power “surge” can damage computers and other devices. Consider adding surge protectors.
- If you are considering purchasing a generator for your home, consult an electrician or engineer before purchasing and installing. Or Get Solar Power Ready
- Only use generators away from your home and NEVER run a generator inside a home, garage, or connect it to your home’s electrical system.
After a Power Outage
- Throw away any refrigerated food that stays warm more than 2 hours or that has an unusual odor, color or texture. When in doubt, throw it out!
- If food in the freezer stays colder than 40° F and has ice crystals on it, you can refreeze it.
- Contact your doctor if you’re concerned about medications having spoiled.
- Maintain and put into storage generators or solar systems.
- Restock your emergency kit with fresh batteries, canned foods and other supplies.
- Update your plans based on what you learned from the experience.
- Send in your success stories to Armory Survival, we would love to hear them!
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