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.
- Evaluate your water situation if the power goes out.
- Store 3 days worth of water. (1 gallon per person per day)
- Invest in a water filter even just the small Sawyer filter.
- Evaluate your food storage and consider how you plan to cook each item.
- Invest in the skills to cook over a fire, fireplace, or grill.
- Invest in a small camp stove for indoor cooking if needed. (Don't forget the fuel!)
- Evaluate you water source and consider human waste handling methods for power outages.
- Invest in disposable items (paper plates, cutlery, diapers, etc) to reduce water needs for cleaning.
- Stock up on cleaning supplies like bleach and wet wipes.
- Evaluate you home for proper insulation and heating options.
- Invest in a cook stove and propane space heater.
- Stock up on warm supplies like hand warmers, Mylar blankets, hat and scarves.
- Evaluate you home for your current lighting options.
- Invest in candles, lanterns and headlamps.
- Stock up on basic supplies, batteries, matches and lighters.