Storms during hurricane season often cause wind damage, power outages, and flooding. Wind, tornadoes, snowstorms, or damage to a power pole can also cause you to lose electricity at home. Prepare for a power outage with these tips.

Prepare for a Power Outage by Making an Emergency Kit

A disaster kit should have everything you need to live without electricity for at least a few days. This includes food, medications, and household supplies for yourself and your family members to get by until the power comes back on. Don’t forget to include essentials for your pets, too.

During a power outage, you won’t be able to use your electric stove to prepare meals. Plan ahead by purchasing a small, fuel-powered camp stove. You’ll want to have plenty of canned goods and food items that don’t require refrigeration on hand. Put aside a gallon of water per person per day.

Pack your emergency kit with basic household supplies, including flashlights with fresh batteries for each member of your family. Candles can be used as an emergency light source. You’ll also want a battery- or crank-powered radio, a can opener, and matches or lighters.

Keep the Refrigerator Closed

Do not open your fridge more than necessary when the power is out. Have a thermometer on hand and keep it inside of the fridge to check the temperature of the food. If the temperature in the fridge increases to above 40 degrees Fahrenheit, most foods should be discarded.

Switch Off and Unplug

Switch off all your lights except for one so that you know when the power has been restored. Unplug all appliances and electronics to reduce the likelihood of damage due to a power surge or blown fuses when the electricity comes back on.

Buy a Backup Battery

Backup battery packs are a convenient way to keep smartphones and tablets charged. Especially if a storm is expected, charge the battery packs and keep them in an easy-to-access location. If you have a data network hooked up to your devices, you may be able to stay connected to the outside world even without WiFi.

Get a Generator to Prepare for a Power Outage

A generator will power your home’s electric appliances and lights so you can live comfortably while the power is out. If you live in an area with frequent storms, purchase a generator for your home. You’ll be able to keep your refrigerator and other important appliances powered up until repairs are made and the electricity is restored.

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