Blackouts are always a possibility, even when severe storms or other disasters haven't found their way into your area, and power outages are not uncommon during the summer months. Here are a few helpful tips on what you can do before and during a blackout:
- Make sure you have an emergency toolkit and a family communications plan! Your toolkit should contain basic short-term survival materials, like bottled water and non-perishable goods.
- Tape the refrigerator and freezer door to prevent opening and keep your perishable food fresh for as long as possible. Throw away any food that has been exposed to 40° F temperatures for more than two hours.
- If the blackout isn't storm related, make use of this time outdoors with family and friends!
- Keep non-electrical entertainment on hand, such as board games and charades to make time pass more quickly (this is especially helpful with children).
- Make sure to keep a camp stove and a stockpile of flashlights handy in case the blackout runs longer than expected.
- Be prepared for extended outages and keep a full tank of gas and a full cellphone battery.
- Maintain a positive attitude! This is essential in any emergency situation.