We’ve all been there when the power goes out. Midway through your favorite movie or a relaxing dinner with some friends and the power goes out unexpectedly. You run outside to find all the people on your street pouring out to check on each other and you hear from Ted next door there’s a national grid power outage.
It’s a story we’ve all told. You don’t know when the power’s coming back, and you’ve got to get through the rest of the night. Did you remember to pack for an emergency like this? Not sure you even know what you need? Not to worry - in today’s article, we’ll be taking a closer look at five important things you need in a blackout.
Just because you’re in a blackout doesn’t mean you’re going to want to spend the earth on a backup generator. Or the fuel to keep it going. What’s key is finding a fuel option that works efficiently, in that it’s inexpensive and lasts longer while running.
Diesel power products are perfect for this kind of work. More expensive initially than other gas generators, diesel also has a much higher energy density. You get more energy out of the same volume of diesel than any other gas alternative, making it a clear winner. Look for diesel portable generators for sale to make a sound investment in your home during a blackout.
Give some good, honest thought to the kinds of things you will most likely want to eat, through the lens of no electricity. Examples might include:
Cookies and Trail Mix
Canned fish and soup
MRE (“Meals, Ready to Eat”) options are also great for filling out your survival kits, and can have shelf lives of up to ten years in some cases. Make sure the packaging isn’t compromised and store them at the correct temperature.
Make sure to check your supplies periodically. Packages that are swollen are usually damaged and should be thrown away. Rotate your pantry out every five years or so for added safety.
Everybody stores as much water as they think they’ll need in the event of an emergency. The thing is that even that’s not usually enough. We use much more water than you might expect during an emergency, and it tends to run out sooner than most people expect.
Try to conserve as much purified water as you can during an emergency. There’s no need to drink all of it during the emergency, and if you have leftovers once the electricity is back, that’s still a good investment. You can also donate your bottled water if there’s way too much of it afterwards.
Everybody has a few of these littering their homes. The problem is being able to count on finding one in an emergency. You’ll need to make sure yours flashlight is worked into your emergency preparedness kit. And don’t forget to pack batteries!
During a blackout, it can be tempting to use up your water reserves bathing and refreshing yourself throughout a hot day, week or month. Conserve precious water with good, old fashioned hand sanitizers and baby wipes, for all your dabbing, wiping and hygiene needs.
Be Prepared When The Power Goes Out
Nobody can ever be “ready” for when the power goes out. It tends to happen quite by surprise. But with the help of today’s article, you’ll be prepared to weather the downtime like a pro until your power’s back up .
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