Emergency Supplies for a Power Outage You Need Now
Power outages, sometimes called blackouts of brownouts, can occur as a result of a natural disaster (like a hurricane, blizzard, tornado, etc.), a system overload caused by a high demand for energy, or simple human error by an electric company employee. As they can occur fairly regularly, here are 5 essential emergency supplies for a power outage.
Heavy Insulated Blanket for Freezer or Refrigerator
Spoiling food is of huge concern during a power outage, as throwing away rotten food is akin to tossing money in the trash, so preserving what you can’t eat during a power outage is paramount. By purchasing an insulated blanket for your freezer or refrigerator, you can protect its contents and keep them fresher longer.
A Crank Radio
Crank radios are one of our emergency supplies for a power outage because they are constantly being updated and improved. Recent crank radios can not only keep you updated about the events unfolding via broadcast news, but also charge your smartphone as many now include a USB port.
Battery Operated Light Source
Lanterns and flashlights with extra batteries are a must have during a power outage. While lighting candles to illuminate your home may seem romantic, it is not worth the fire risk that many open flames poses to you and your family.
Small Tool Kit
You should have a small tool kit easily accessible during a power outage. It should include the basics, like a screwdriver, hammer, and wrench that may be needed to quickly turn off gas or water supplies due to a lack of power.
If you would like to heat up foods (like soup) to consume while the power is out, you can use cooking fuel from brands like Sterno to get things going. Cooking fuel is often used while camping and by caterers and bonus: it can also be reused. Just be extremely careful as cooking fuel burns bright and hot. Check out survival food options here.