A power outage is among the top major inconveniences you can experience–make sure that you are prepared for one at all times.
Power outages are situations you cannot necessarily prepare for, and when they do happen they are frustrating and troublesome, especially when they last a long time. If a power outage lasts for less than two hours, then you really should not be concerned about losing your refrigerated foods. It’s those long power outages that can lead to worry and stress, but with these tips you can minimize food loss and help keep all members of your household as comfortable as possible.
Preparing for a Power Outage
Items to Have Ready
- Water – One gallon per person, per day. Make sure have at least 3-days’ worth for every member of your family, including any pets.
- Food – Non-perishable and easy-to-prepare items are best for these types of scenarios.
- Multi-purpose tool
- Solar and battery-powered cellphone charger – Emergency stations usually have backup generators, so it’s best to keep your phone charged in case you need to contact them.
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items
- Hand-crank radio – Tune into the weather channel in order to get up-to-the-minute news on your situation and when you can expect the power to turn back on.
- Your fridge is a good insulator and will keep your food cold and free from harmful bacteria. In order to keep the internal temperature as cold as possible do your best to keep the refrigerator cold.
- Use one or more coolers to help keep your temperature-sensitive food nice and cold. Cover the food with ice to keep food colder for those long blackouts.