A power outage can mean the difference between coping smoothly or living in distress. It can be scary when the power we all take for granted is no longer available, but it’s even worse in the winter. Most of the time it’s for hours at a time, but sometimes we are without power for long periods. When there is a blizzard or a big winter storm, there are always people without power for weeks. This article will take a look at some essential tips for preparing your home for a winter power outage.
Buy Non-Perishable Food
A better idea during a power outage may be to inventory some standard non-perishable food items that will carry your loved ones through a possible outage. It would be best if you stocked up. Think of hearty foods that have some calories and protein. Canned products are perfect, and most have a long shelf life. Some companies also make packaged meals for preppers that often require the inclusion of boiling water.
Get Emergency Water Supply
If the power goes out, you may not be able to rely on your usual water source. It makes sense to have a full supply of drinking water. So, if there are only two of you in the house, you will need at least six gallons of the water supply. To store the water, you can keep the storage container in an easily accessible location and then refill it when a storm threatens. It requires some awareness of impending weather difficulties, and I always make sure to wash it thoroughly and fix it if it’s been sitting for a while. But it solves storage problems and ensures that our water is always refreshing.
Install a Power Generator
You should consider purchasing a small rechargeable power generator. There are several makes and models on the market. When mains power fails, it can be used to charge cell phones and keep them running so you can stay in touch with family in the area. It can also power many small devices, but it’s best not to use it for anything frivolous. You should keep in mind that you’ll never know if the power will slowly come back on. You can always charge your mobile generator for emergencies.
Get Your Family Flashlights
Flashlights are fine, but battery-operated flashlights are much better, in my opinion. Have some around the house so you can easily access them in case it gets dark. You can put one in the middle of the room and light up the whole place. Larger places are ideal, and flashlights for when you want a more concentrated beam of light. Of course, you’ll also want to have a fantastic supply of batteries to power them. During regular use, they’re a soft nightlight, but when the power goes out, they light up the room or be taken apart and used as small flashlights.