These tips are in addition to the American Red Cross tips for dealing with storms and power outages.
First and foremost, remain as calm as possible and think things through before acting.
By BMCCUE from Litchfield, NH
Good article. It is wise to prepare for emergencies as we all have been told to do. This doesn't have to be done on a large scale but too have things in case power outages or storms. It is always better to be safe than sorry. Extra canned food and water is essential. In fact other day due to some renovations here-we had to turn off water. Thank god I had some stored for making extra coffee and needed some for a special cleaning chore. Be prepared is my motto.
Well said, BMCCUE. Lildinks, you must've been a boy/girl scout.
To minimize power outages consider buying a home on a main feeder line to a necessary utility or hospital.
When we came back from Katrina after 3 weeks, the ice cubes in our freezer hadn't melted. We lost power a few days later, but it was restored within 30 minutes. When we talked to the utility repairman he explained that since our house was on a line that supplied power to the waste water treatment plant it was a priority repair. Check with your electric company before you look for a house, it sure makes life easier.
Great Post. May I add, when filling your bottles, remember to leave space since Ice expands as it freezes and leave the lid off until frozen for the same reason. I would also suggest freezing enough for 2 gallons per person. In an emergency, you may want to share and/or use for other issues besides just drinking, like preparing meals, cleaning up and personal hygiene issues.
Also, with regard to batteries, find a portable solar powered battery charger for those emergencies. One source could be www.emergencyessentials.com or many camping and emergency preparedness stores.
Excellent post. Plus thanks to nearly all the add'l posts. I can relate to the buying home near the named facilities; I live (rent, thank goodness) on an "ancient" line that has outages spasmatically for no really apparent reason! A major PVC pipe manufacturer had to close and move out of the area due to having to scrap their runs frequently, and the city refused to upgrade. Now the acreage is vacant and no taxes are accruing! Shortsighted, yes? Cay from FL
Living in Southern California were prepared for just about anything, you might like to add to the list the inexpensive solar lights once charged that last for many, many hours and you can put them all over the house safely and windup flashlights no batteries needed and instead of jugs for the water pickup the heavy plastic water bags they will take up less space and fit around the other food easier, just take out as is needed they will thaw out more quickly, I have found all of these at the 99¢ store.
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