Electricity is such a part of our lives that we often take it for granted. It is necessary for the functioning of a modern household, so when we lose power, it affects our lives. Even being without electricity for a few hours is an inconvenience. As a homeowner, it’s smart to prepare for a power outage. You don’t know when one might occur but having basic supplies on hand will make the situation easier to manage for everyone in your household.

Prepare for a Power Outage by Stocking Bottled Water

Water is something that you should always have on hand for emergencies. It is important for survival so purchase at least one gallon per person, per day. Depending on the severity of the emergency situation, a power outage could potentially prevent you from leaving your home to resupply the water.

Be Ready with Non-Perishable Foods

Some foods are quick to spoil if left unrefrigerated for an extended period of time. To be prepared, keep enough non-perishable foods on hand to last your family for at least three days. Canned items keep for a long time, but make sure you have access to a manual opener. The electric one in the kitchen won’t work if there’s a power outage. Freeze-dried fruits, jerky, nuts, and protein bars are some nutritious options that will last without refrigeration.

Batteries and Fuel

If you have a backyard grill, you’ll have an alternate cooking source during a power outage as long as you have enough fuel. You won’t be able to cook on the electric stove in your kitchen, but you can still feed your family warm meals from the grill.

Batteries are also essential when preparing for a power outage. Make sure you have plenty of batteries to power flashlights and radios. Purchase battery packs and keep them charged. When the electricity goes out, you will still be able to power your cell phone and tablet for some time. In a pinch, plug the mobile devices into your car charger and use the vehicle’s battery to charge them up until your power returns.

Prepare for a Power Outage with a Generator

A generator is one of the most useful things to have during a power outage, but it is also an expensive purchase. You can find a generator to power a few appliances – for example, to keep your refrigerator or air conditioner running – for several hundred dollars. Larger versions that can power the house are available, but these will be an even larger investment.

A generator is something you may need due to a medical condition. If this is the case, make sure you have fuel on hand in case the power goes out.

You can never be sure when disaster will strike. This is why it’s smart to be prepared to go without power for several days. You’ll be able to keep your family safe until electricity is restored to your home.

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