According to the Associated Press’s analysis of government data, power outages from severe weather have doubled in the past 20 years. Do you have the supplies you need to be prepared?
Essential Supplies First
Being able to safely navigate your home immediately following the lights going out is essential. In order to avoid twisting and ankle or breaking a bone, you should have a flashlight nearby at all times. Think about where you spend the majority of your time. Do you have a flashlight stored there for easy access? Of course, the easiest access would be to keep a flashlight right in your pocket as part of your everyday carry gear.
Once you have a flashlight in hand, the most important part of your power outage plan is staying calm. Then you’ll be able to think clearly. Of course, leave your refrigerator and freezer closed to keep things colder longer. If you require medical devices that rely on electricity, be sure to have a battery backup system. And if you use refrigerated medication, keep ice packs and a cooler ready to go so you can quickly transfer your medicine out of the fridge.
Part of your personal protection plan should include being ready for emergencies. Don’t get caught off guard.