There are many causes of power failures, like transformers blowing, fallen trees, Mylar balloons getting caught in power lines, or many naturally occurring events.
Regardless of how we lose power, we should all be adequately prepared to survive through a sustained power outage.
Unless you have a backup generator, you’ll need a healthy stock of non-perishable food items and water to last you the duration of the power outage.
Example of on-perishables food items
- Canned food such as fruits, vegetables, meats, stews, puddings
- Milk and juice in boxes or cans
- Beans and lentils
- Dried fruit and vegetables, mixed nuts and seeds
- Granola bars
- Peanut butter, nut spreads, etc
COOKING AND EATING WITHOUT POWER
- Open your refrigerator or freezer door only when absolutely necessary.
- Plan ahead to minimize the time the door is open.
- If the door stays closed, a refrigerator without power will keep food safe for 4 hours. A full freezer will keep its temperature for 48 hours (or 24 hours if half full).
- Keep ice packs in your freezer for use in coolers or your refrigerator in case of an outage.
- Eat foods you are know are safe from spoiling. Good examples are canned foods, such as vegetables, beans, and soups.
- If the weather allows, cook on your outdoor grill—but only outdoors. Due to the possibility of fumes and fire, never use an outdoor grill indoors.
Emergency light source
When an outage occurs, it’s important to have an emergency light source stored in place that you can easily access.
Candles, oil lamps and propane lamps(*) can pose a fire hazard; especially around pets and young children if left unattended, you could then face an even bigger mess on your hands.
* A propane lamp should ONLY be used outside or in a well-ventilated area.
Instead consider the following options:
- Battery Powered flashlights
- Rechargeable flashlights
- Head Lamps
- Solar Indoor Lamps
- Glow Sticks