In 2014, a nonprofit research company, Climate Central released a report which states that power outages that are weather inclined is now twice its extent since 2003. When the storm becomes high, it might just give you one of those power outage moments or days.
The first few minutes of the dark hours might be interesting, at least catch the fun of the emergency period but ones its stretches to 24hours and beyond, it’s really turning into hell. In this piece, you will learn about the things you need to be aware of as well as few things to do before and during the storm and during a power failure.
The following are things to do before the storm occurs;
Save some Cash
ATM and POS machines may not work during these times because they need electricity to come alive. Therefore, save as much cash as you can in case you need to make some purchases of power outage survival items at the opened local store or supermarket. That’s if the local store or supermarket opens. There is no guarantee that they will be open.
Ensure your gas is filled
Gas is quite important at a time like this. The gas may be for car or generator or any equipment that might be useful at that time during a power failure.
It's quite essential to fill up your car gas in case you need to travel some distance during the power outage. This is because gas station may be closed. If you have a generator for your house, ensure you fill the gas as well.
An emergency kit is very crucial in homes. This is to prepare oneself ahead of storm or energy outage. According to Amy A. Artuso, program manager at the National Safety Council, she stated that having an emergency kit already prepared at home is one of the major steps In preparation for a storm.
She also added that the kit should consist of a garbage bag, extra batteries with a flashlight to see in the event of an energy outage, a whistle, flashlights, and a radio that runs on battery. It should also include gauze, thermometer, instant cold compressor, hydrocortisone, and a pair of tweezers. Also, ensure they are strategically placed in a plastic container at a strategic location.
You will need water for some things. It might be needed to take care of the environment or the house. We can't survive for long without water.
You will need to store enough water for toilet and showering. This is because you may not be able to pump water for usage during this time because there might be no electrical energy. Fill every bucket with water and ensure your water tank is filled.
Be aware of the Risks
You may need to take extra precautions if you live in areas easily attacked by floods, tornadoes, earthquake, hurricanes, etc. You need to watch out for yourselves. You may need to read the NSC recommendations here.
Store up FoodEnsure you store enough food and water that can last for at least three days. According to NSC, one gallon of water per person for three days is the expected amount of water you need to stock for each person. Non-perishable food that doesn't require cooking is advised. Protein filled food like peanut butter, tuna, and granola bars are good choices.
What to do during The Storm
Avoid jumping around, stay put and be at alert for more information. Ensure everyone is indoor and at a reachable distance. Keep your battery powered radio close to you for any information. In serious cases; the area might be under evaluation.
You need to be careful with generator usage during a power outage. Avoid big generators and ensure you read manufacturer's manual to avoid using it to your own detriment.
Please do not turn it on in an enclosed area or inside the house to avoid stuffing yourself with carbon monoxide, that may be extremely dangerous and life threatening. Also, put carbon monoxide detector in place and make sure you refuel when it’s a bit cold.
Keep Freezer and Refrigerator open
In a time like this, it’s best to keep the doors of the freezer and refrigerator open to save the food there. Any perishable food that has stayed over 2hours at 40 celsius during a power shutdown should be discarded. Do not rely on its taste or appearance. You may use the freezer's principle to determine if your food is safe. Before the storm, take a small and open container and freeze water in it.
When it becomes solid, place a penny on it and after the storm, view the ice. If the ice has melted, that means the penny is now frozen into the water, then the freezer defrosted. If the penny still stands on top, it means that your food is ok.
Unplug all electrical equipment
Check every electric points and equipment there were being used when the power outage occurred. They are to be disconnected immediately once the power shutdown occurs.
You need to do this to avoid damages that may be incurred during momentary surges. Momentarily surges and sparks can cause more havoc if not handled well. Just leave one light on to tell when power is returned.
What to do when the Power Outage is over
You should refill your emergency kit with all appropriate contents such as can foods, fresh batteries, and several other things.
Any food that has been exposed to a temperature of 4°C or 40°F for 2 hours and more will often have a strange smell, color or texture. They should be thrown away. This should be strictly adhered to stay healthy after the outage.
Concerning your medication and their state, you may have to reach out to your medical practitioners for professional advice on whether or not a particular medication is bad or not as soon as the power shutdown is over.
You may refreeze any food with ice crystals on it, which is colder than 40°F. This is to preserve the food.