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Hurricane Readiness: Dealing With A Power Outage

Posted on Sunday, August 19 2012

In the midst of hurricane season, preparing for the possibility of an electrical outage is definitely something to think about. Sometimes, during an outage from a storm, it may take days to get power from your electric company. Before the lights go out, create a disaster supply kit to ease the inconvenience. You’ll need:

  • Water: At least one gallon of bottle drinking water per day, per person. Gather enough to last for seven days.
  • Food: Focus on gathering non-perishable, canned foods, juices and snacks. Again, gather enough to last for seven days. Keep in mind, a non-electric can opener, cooking tools and fuel, plastic utensils, paper plates and bowls become necessities during a power outage.
  • Hygiene: It’s difficult to stay clean without electric or running water. Gather toiletries such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, mouthwash, soap and shampoo. You may want to have some extra water on hard, apart from drinking water.
  • Lighting: Make sure you have enough flashlights, candles, matches and extra batteries on hand to illuminate your surroundings at night. Include a couple of high-powered flashlights in your kit, along with candles to save batteries. Matches and/or several working lighters are a good idea, as well.
  • Radio: Buy an battery-operated radio to keep in tune with what’s going on during and after the storm.
  • Cash: When the power’s out, ATMs won’t work. Consider having a couple hundred dollars handy in case of an emergency.

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