What Should You Address First in a Power Outage?
In a power outage, the following list is suggested in order of importance.
1. Fill your bathtubs
Power outages can also cut off city water pressure and/or render the water unsafe to drink. You can easily disinfect your water, so in the event of an outage, immediately fill your bathtubs. Then, you’ll have the water on hand if it’s needed. If you have a well, you might consider installing a hand pump so this isn’t an issue if you lose power.
2. Fill your gas tanks
In a power outage, access to gasoline may be limited or not available in the affected area. Your vehicle can be used as an alternative shelter, transportation and can power small devices. Try to fill your tanks and gas cans immediately. (Even if you don’t end up needing it, gasoline can be a hot commodity in a power outage.)
3. Buy extra supplies
Once a power outage starts, essential supplies fly off the shelves in a matter of hours. If you don’t get to your local shopping center and buy up extra supplies such as food, bottled water, batteries, headlamps, cooking fuel, generators, ice, dry ice, coolers, toiletries etc., they will gone in no time. Bring cash, since credit card terminals may not be functional.
4. Organize your gear
A power outage should be treated as a real emergency. Start preparing for whatever the hours or days ahead might call for. You’ll need LED headlights, extra batteries, cooking fuel, propane stoves, water purification devices and even a heightened level of security.
This is by no means a complete list of what to do in a power outage, this is just what you should do first. Preparation is the key to thriving, so it’s best to plan ahead for situations like this.