As any Canadian will tell you, power outages aren’t seasonal. From ice storms to heat waves, a power outage can happen at any time. And while we can’t predict when one will happen, we can prepare for it.
The most important thing to have during a power outage? An emergency prepared kit. Sure, most outages last mere minutes, but many of us have experienced that days- or even weeks-long blackout. For such times, turn to these five supplies for information, comfort and survival.
Supplies You Need for a Power Outage
- During an emergency, wifi and cable might go out but the radio will always be there. A radio will keep you in the loop and may provide life-saving information during major emergencies.
- Flashlights and lanterns. During a power outage, the last thing you need is an injury from stumbling around in the dark. Flashlights and lanterns aren’t just for convenience, but for safety.
- Phone chargers. The conventional ones won’t work, so look for battery-powered backup chargers to keep you connected to friends and loved ones during a power outage.
- Without batteries, radios, flashlights and some back-up phone chargers are useless. Keep a good range of sizes — from AAA to D — and you’ll be able to power any appliance.
- No-heat meals. Your stove won’t work. Your freezer and refrigerator should stay closed to keep food from spoiling. Keep a few fully-cooked canned goods — and a manual can opener — to ensure you don’t go hungry.
For more tips on how to thrive during a power outage, visit Get Prepared.