While power outages are not all that common, it’s still a good idea to be prepared for one. Depending on where you live, the likelihood of experiencing things like rolling blackouts or brownouts vary. In high energy usage months like during the recent snowmageddon or in an intense heatwave in the heart of the summer, these outages are more likely. In any case, it’s good to be prepared for power outages.

Mother, daughter and dog laying on the bed under blanket holding flashlight and reading book late at night

Some basic precautions

You don’t need to live like a prepper but you should have some precautions for power outages in place. A great idea is to consider investing in a whole house generator to ensure you’ll have at least limited power should you experience an extended outage. Even a smaller generator can power important things like phone and laptop chargers during an outage. 

Tried and true less expensive things to have in your home are the old standbys; flashlights, candles, and first aid supplies to name a few. It’s very important to  have spare batteries on hand or those flashlights or other battery operated tools are useless.

Have a plan

If you have small children, it’s a good idea to talk to them about what to do if the lights go out. If it’s after dark, you may want to instruct them to sit tight until you can get to them. For others, plan for a spot in your home to gather in case of a power outage.

Extended power outages rarely happen without warning. If you know a huge ice storm is coming, you can prepare your family ahead of time. Same with rolling blackouts. You just want to be sure your children are prepared and not frightened in the event of power outages.

Have non-refrigerated food to eat

Finally, should you lose all power, remember you won’t have use of your microwave or most ranges. It’s good to have things like peanut butter, bread, crackers, chips, and other food items that don’t need to be cooked on hand. Canned tuna or chicken and other canned items that can be served without cooking are great to have on hand.

Empty the ice from your ice maker into a cooler to keep your milk cold for as long as possible so you can eat cereal. Remember it’s just a temporary thing so don’t worry too much about the lack of nutritional value in what’s available to eat.

Many of our friends and neighbors just experienced this very thing. It’s a scary thing, but you can survive if you are prepared ahead of time. The most important thing is to not panic and reach out to your neighbors if you are in serious trouble. You can be prepared for power outages; it just takes a bit of planning on your part.

 

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