Winter storms can sometimes cause power outages lasting several hours or even days; be sure that you and your family are ready. Here are 7 tips to help you get prepared:
- Make sure you have enough medicine for at least three days.
- Have enough bottled water three days, planning at least a gallon per person per day. And don’t forget that your pets need food and water too.
- Keep canned and dry foods that do not need to be cooked or refrigerated on hand. Tuna and crackers, cereal and shelf stable milk, peanut butter and protein bars are some ideas. Cans of soup are also good if you have a gas stove.
- Make sure you have a manual can opener, as well as a shovel and extra blankets. These are also good to keep in your car in the winter along with water and non-perishable food.
- Keep a full tank of gas in your car, and extra gas for a gas generator or snow blower. Just make sure to follow generator safety tips, and never use a portable generator indoors.
- Keep a working flashlight with new batteries and have extra batteries on hand.
- And my personal fun trick, make sure your solar lights are charged and then bring them inside for lighting; put the base in a vase for support. Battery powered candles, including the candles that some people put in their windows at Christmas, are a great source of light, and in a power failure can be used as a night light especially in the bathroom. Do not keep regular candles lit unattended because they can be a fire hazard.