One thing I insist on having in my home is a gas stove and a wood burning stove, if possible. Because when the electricity fails, how are you going to cook? You can’t live on protein bars forever.
My neighborhood is big on emergency preparedness and they regularly host seminars or training sessions for various situations that could affect our community. No matter where you live though, having the power go out happens to everybody and it happens most often.
I’ve discovered a blog by a lady that has every emergency preparedness article you can think of and I pull ideas from her continually. Here’s a complete list of what you need and/or what you should do when the power goes out. Most of these suggestions stem from the worry about not having enough heat. If the cold isn’t a problem, be sure to pack extra water to prevent dehydration.
Have a plan, make kits, review it with your kids, then you’ll have a greater peace of mind.
- keep windows and doors closed as much as possible
- close interior doors to rooms you won’t be using
- have a hand crank/solar powered radio
- multiple hand crank/solar powered flashlights
- glow sticks
- candles (only for outages, but never a natural disaster because of gas leaks)
- battery-powered clock
- an emergency kitchen, many possibilities here
- eat and drink hot foods
- raid your 72 hour kits
- dress in loose fitting layers
- generator fuel
- manual can opener
- matches or lighters
- blankets and sleeping bags: you’ll want to contain any body heat as much as possible, sleep in the same room, under a table draped with additional blankets
- tents: can be pitched in your sleeping area to contain additional heat
- water supply
- DON’T drink alcohol or eat salty foods
- have plenty of canned goods
- close off unnecessary pathways with hanging blankets
- stuff rags and towels around door/window seams
- when the sun goes down, cover the windows with blankets or sheeting
- have some games and books available
What else do you think you’ll need when the power goes out?