With winter just around the corner, it is time to get ready to deal with the severe storms that are sure to plague us this year. There are plenty of dire predictions about the harshness of the coming winter. What it all boils down to is whether or not you are ready for it. You never know what Mother Nature has in store, but you can prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Power outages are pretty common when there is heavy snow or an ice storm. You also have to consider the possibility of an auto accident taking out a power pole.
What do you need to keep in your home to be ready for a power outage?
The standard 72-hour kit that the government recommends you have is great, but there are a few other things you will want to consider. You won’t have power, which means you won’t have a way to cook or even heat your food. Canned food is going to be your best friend. If you have a way to heat water via a woodstove or a campstove, freeze-dried meals are much more satisfying. You will need a gallon of water per day for each member of your family. A power outage will likely be rather short, so a few cases of bottled water will suffice. However, it doesn’t hurt to keep a little extra on hand. Those are items you can store in your pantry or basement.
You should also have a kit prepared to pull out when the power does go out. Don’t put your kit downstairs in the basement. You need it easily accessible so you are not stumbling around in the dark and risking a serious injury. A small rubber tote with a lid or a crate stored inside a hall closet is a good idea. Some things to put in your kit are as follows;
• LED flashlights with extra batteries
• Solar powered lantern
• Emergency candles and candleholders, matches or a lighter
• A solar charger for your cell phone
• A crank radio
• Handwarmer packs, hats and gloves to stay warm in the house
You can also save yourself a great deal of trouble by investing in a portable generator. This will keep your home supplied with some power to keep your refrigerator running. Don’t wait until the power goes out to go on the hunt for supplies. Do it today. It is almost a guarantee there will be nothing left in the hours after the power goes out. Don’t get caught with your shelves empty and not way to light up your home.