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Home power outages don't have to spell disaster. Here are steps you can take today in 5 different areas to make your family more resilient to power outages. Each one includes a link to find more information about that specific topic of preparing for a power outage.
Water Preparedness: Buy a water Filter
Invest in a water filter even just the small Sawyer filter. If you didn't store enough clean water, after a power outage it may be too late. But if you have any source of water nearby a water filter could turn it into a drinkable source for your family. If you only do one thing to prepare your water: buy a filter.
Food Preparedness: Stock Ready to Eat Foods
During a power outage if you main cooking source runs on electricity then you will want other options to cook food. In the short-term, having ready to eat food on hand will reduce discomfort and provide a quick meal to handle other urgent situations.
Example: Protein bars, crackers and peanut butter, jerky, jelly beans, granola bars, Completes meals, MREs, canned soup/pasta, etc.
Sanitation Awareness: Wet Wipes
From a water-less bath, to cleaning surfaces and dishes to wiping up spills, Wet wipes can do it all. This basic item of sanitation could go a long way toward keeping your family clean and your home clean in the case of a power outage. Wet wipes will help you reduce your need for water, and conserve water you already have.
Home Heating: Stock Warm Things
When the power goes out in the winter and your heat with it, your home will slowly drop in temperature. Stocking warm things like extra blankets, hats, gloves, hand warmers, or Mylar Blankets will ease the cold in the short-term until the power returns.
Headlamps are great sources of light that travel with you. From the small LED lights to the large rechargeable headlamps, they provide you the option of moving around without holding a flashlight. Headlamps provide light exactly where you need it, exactly where you are looking.
Are you prepared for a power outage? What is your family's plan? Thanks for reading.
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