A power outage can occur for many reasons, most of them unpredictable. A winter storm, blown transformer, or maintenance on the power lines can leave you in the dark, so it is important to always be prepared for a power outage. If you aren’t sure how your family would fare during a power outage, follow these steps.

Be Prepared for a Power Outage with a Plan

The first step to prepare for a power outage in your house is to develop a plan. Think about how you’ll eat meals, navigate in the dark, and stay warm if the power outage happens during the winter. Have a list of emergency numbers posted somewhere that you can easily access.

Emergency Kit

The most important way to prepare for a power outage is by assembling an emergency kit. This kit should contain items that will help you get through the time without electricity. Stock your kit with non-perishable food and bottled water, medications, first aid supplies, flashlights with extra batteries, and rechargeable power banks for your phones. Keep these items in one easy to carry bag or container.

Prepared for a Power Outage with Food and Water Storage

When preparing for an emergency, another component of your plan should be having enough food. Stock up on canned goods, soups, dried fruits and nuts, and other shelf-stable items that are nutritious. Make sure to have an adequate supply of bottled water available.

Staying Warm

Make sure that you have a plan to stay warm while the power is out. If you are relying on a stove or fireplace to keep you warm, keep matches and a lighter in your kit and plenty of fuel in the event of a long-term power outage. Set aside extra blankets, sleeping bags, and warm clothes for freezing nights.

To prepare for a power outage, make sure you have a plan in place, an emergency kit, and enough food and water available for your family to stay safe until the power is restored.

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