Top 8 Checklist For a Power Outage + Top 3 Tips To Reduce Stress – Are You Prepared?
The Horn News Checklist For a Power Outage … Are You Prepared?
Your Power Outage Checklist
The only way you’ll handle a blackout – especially one that might last a while – is to have a number of essential items ready.
Here’s the list:
- Have survival food with a long shelf life on hand – a minimum of 72 hours per person.
- Immediately following a blackout, eat and drink what you can from your refrigerator and freezer before eating your survival food.
- Have clean drinking water stockpiled, a water purifier on hand, and at least one portable water filter for each family member.
- Have a generator powered up and ready to go.
- Have flashlights, extra batteries, and matches stored where you can find them in the dark.
- Have a battery-operated or hand-crank radio.
- (If you can afford it) try to have a few hundred dollars pulled out and set aside for when ATMs or online banking are down.
- Have basic barter items available. Gasoline, food and water are going to be extremely valuable.
Reduce Your Stress During a Blackout
A power outage can be stressful. But you can handle it better if you’ve prepared.
Here’s a list of to-do’s that will help you deal with a blackout without breaking a sweat.
- Always keep electronic devices fully powered up.
- Keep your vehicles’ gas tanks at least half full or as close to full as possible.
- After the power goes out, unplug sensitive electronic equipment like your TV or computer to avoid power spikes when it returns.