What should you do in case of a loss of power? Here are some of our best survival tips for having survived many power outages domestic and abroad—before, during, and after a power outage.
Tornadoes, hurricanes, severe thunderstorms, flooding, and icy weather events can easily knock out power in your home. But even an animal or a random RPG (Rocket Propelled Grenade) can cause a power outage.
Regardless of the cause, deal with all safety issues: then we can focus on bringing light to the dark, staying warm and dry, and providing food to yourself and your family. Nothing makes the situation worse than accidentally receiving a causality in the confusing darkness.
Light Up The Night
I personally recommend LED headlamps for every family member. They are lightweight and allows for extended battery life. Also, it will enable you to physically account for all members of the family. The downfall is having halogen lights blinding you during conversations; just angle them down.
You can make your own lanterns out of a headlamp by strapping the headlamp onto the jug with the lamp’s front-facing the inside; the light reflects off of the water and can illuminate more of the room. There is no need to buy battery sucking lanterns.
Avoid using candles or an open flame as a light source, as it could be a fire hazard, mainly if there are children or pets in the home. While romantic, they can tip over too quickly in an emergency situation. However, if this is all you have on hand, just be careful not to leave candles or fuel-lit lamps unattended. If you must, please put the candle inside a metal bucket or old coffee can.
Don't use your cell phone as a flashlight. Save the battery for emergencies, as you don't know how long the situation will last.
Select one room in which people—and pets—can spend most of their time together. Pick a room with few or no windows on the south side for maximum heat during the day and layer up with warm clothing.
Drape all windows with blankets, comforters, or quilts. Uncover south-facing windows during the day to let in the Sun’s warmth.
Never burn charcoal for heating or cooking indoors. Never use your oven as a source of heat.
Make a list (in advance) of shelters and hotels that allow pets in case you need to evacuate with yours.