If a storm came through and knocked out your electricity, do you have a back-up plan? If not, then you should develop one before the storm hits. If you are accustomed to planning your meals as I am, it is much more difficult to find things to eat on the spur of the moment. Here are a few key things to help you if your power goes out (and BEFORE it goes out):
* If you don’t already have one, invest in a manual can opener. A nice one will cost you about ten bucks; a cheap one will cost you$1.00 at your local dollar store. This will be very handy when there is no electricity.
* The water supply could become compromised if power is out for a long time. It is advisable to keep some bottled water on hand solely for emergencies. If you have pets, keep enough water for them too.
* Keep some extra batteries on hand for a radio and flashlight. If you have medical needs that require equipment, be sure you have batteries for that as well. If your smoke detector runs on electricity without a battery back-up, consider investing in a second one that runs on batteries. You may want to consider investing in a generator. The prices vary and depending on the kind you get, which range in price from around $100 on up, a generator can provide you with several hours of auxiliary power.
* If the only phone in your home is a cordless phone, a loss of power will mean a loss in telephone service. If you also have a mobile phone, it will continue to work only for as long as the battery lasts. Restrict the use of your mobile phone to those that are essential for the duration of the power outage. There are mini, battery packs that charge up just like you charge your phone. As long as you don’t use them, the charge will remain. You can buy them for about $10. It’s an investment that will be very much worth it.
* If you are able, contact a friend or relative (or two) to let them know you are without electricity so they can check up on you if you are MIA for a long time.
The problem won’t last forever. Hopefully these tips can help make things a little more bearable until the power is restored. If you think of some other good tips, by all means, leave a comment.