Introduction:Last December, we had hurricane force winds in our community and we were without power for several days. I never knew how important it was to prepare for a power outage at home. Power outages are becoming more frequent as we encounter disasters across the nation.
One of the ways to prepare for a power outage at home is to have at least one telephone that you can plug in that does not need power to charge. All of our cell phone towers were down and we needed a telephone during our power outage. I needed to check on my Mom and children. My cordless phone was useless. We had an old phone my husband brought home from the office when they were clearing things out. Luckily, it saved the day.
Many of us use a debit card so much that we have very little cash on hand. During power outages, the ATM machines are also down. It is good to keep some extra cash on hand in case of any emergency. You may need money for gas, medications or food.
Prepare for a power outage at home by knowing where the main electrical panel is located. Sometimes, there is more than one electrical box in a home. You may be instructed to go to your electrical panel and turn off the main breaker. You may also need to reset the circuit breakers after the blackout.
Prepare for a power outage at home by purchasing several flashlights with extra batteries. Along with the flashlights, make sure you have a battery powered or wind up radio. It is also nice to have some matches and candles on hand. We were lucky because our gas fireplace worked. However, the gas could have also been out. In that case, it would have been nice to have had a battery powered space heater. For those who have a fireplace or wood burning stove, have plenty of firewood on hand.
Prepare for power outages by purchasing a small portable generator. Because they run by gas, keep a filled gas can near it. We used a generator during our emergency. Generators can only be operated outside so that the exhaust does not get into the house. We were able to run a long extension cord from the generator to the refrigerator so that our food would not spoil. You may need to use a generator for medical machines, etc.
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A very helpful list and what a time we live in! Nice to be prepared. H5
Oh yes. Great tips on preparation for a Power outage. Thanks for sharing. 5*
I concur! We were without electric over a week when the tornado hit our street last April. Along with flashlights, the battery powered lanterns are great too. HI5
Good! The generator is a must and what I also have is rechargeable lights and once a month I ensure they are fully charged.
Great list. I practiced not having electricity a year ago and I found some things I had forgotten were electric. My toilet has a pump and my hot water heater is electric. Your alerts will help many.thank you.
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