Power outages are something everyone should be prepared to experience at any given moment. Not only can they happen when the weather takes a turn for the worse, they can also take place on perfectly lovely days as a result of a vehicle accident, problem at the utility company, or a tree losing a limb. Lately, concerns have even been raised regarding the possibility of losing power as a result of a terrorist attack. Some power outages only last a few minutes, while others can go on for days. Preparation is the key to staying healthy and happy while you wait for the power to be restored, no matter how long it may take. Here are some essentials supplies that you will want to have on hand in case the lights go out.
When it comes to a power outage, your flashlight will become the most important thing in your home. You can never have too many flashlights. Make sure you keep at least one flashlight in each room of your house and every so often you should check and make sure that the batteries are charged and that the bulbs aren’t burning out. In addition to having flashlights on bookcases and tucked into drawers, it’s not a bad idea to keep a small one tucked into your coat pockets. This pack of 9 flashlights is a great place to start and they are small enough that even your children can keep one tucked near their beds.
Your flashlight makes it possible for you to move around your house, but you don’t want to have to hang on to it until the power comes back on again. This is where candles come in handy. Lighting one or two provides you with enough light to read. It’s in your best interest to have several slow burning candles tucked into your emergency supplies. Make sure you keep a lighter or a book of matches near your candles. Bottles of water
Since it’s likely a large portion of your emergency food supply will be canned, you make sure you have at least one manual can opener in your house. This stainless steel can opener is my personal pick because it won’t rust and it will hold up even after continuous use. Best of all, it’s designed to be easy on the hands so even children or senior citizens can manage it.
If you don’t have a gas stove, you’re going to want to come up with another way you can heat food, and a camp stove is a great choice. Camp stoves are easy to use and don’t take up much storage space. Make sure you stock up on plenty of propane and some small camping sized pots and pans so you are fully prepared to cook meals, even during a blackout.
Summer time blackouts are generally easy to weather, but when the blackout happens during the wintertime, the cold complicates matters. Even though you might not be able to keep your house heated the whole time, you are going to need to have a generator that you can run periodically so you can heat your home and keep your water pipes thawed. Even if you use a propane heater, electricity is required to activate the blower and circulate the warm air through the house. The generator also makes it possible for your freezer and refrigerator to periodically run and you can stock up on your water. Since getting fuel to power your generator during a power outage can be complicated, you should consider a solar powered generator. This Goal Zero Yeti Generator would be a smart pick for any prepper.
The most important thing you need to have during a power outage is plenty of water. Having a bottled water provides you with what you’ll need for drinking and cooking, but that only equals a small portion of what you need. You also need enough on hand for flushing the toilet, washing dishes, and hydrating your pets. Boxes that contain water bladders are a great choice for storing an emergency water supply since they keep the water fresh and are easier to store than gallon jugs.
One of the things no one thinks about when the power goes off is that they won’t be able to charge their cell phones, which means that as soon as your cell phone loses it’s charge, you won’t be able to communicate with the rest of the world. A solar powered battery charger allows you to keep your cell phone running for as long as you have access to sunshine.
What are some other supplies you have stockpiled specifically to prep for power outages?