HOW TO SURVIVE A POWER OUTAGE

“GREAT. THE POWER IS OUT…. NOW WHAT DO I DO?!”
We’ve all been there: you wander into the kitchen in the middle of the night for a glass of water, only to find the light switch doesn’t work. You glance over at the microwave to see what time it is, and it too is dark. You instinctively check the weather app on your smartphone only to see your Wifi isn’t working either….

“GREAT. THE POWER IS OUT…. NOW WHAT DO I DO?!”

We’ve all been there: you wander into the kitchen in the middle of the night for a glass of water, only to find the light switch doesn’t work. You glance over at the microwave to see what time it is, and it too is dark. You instinctively check the weather app on your smartphone only to see your Wi-Fi isn’t working either….

A quick peek out the window only reveals more darkness, and you finally submit to the reality that the power must be out. You wonder out loud, “Great, how long is it going to last this time?” It usually only takes about an hour or so before the utility company is able to get power restored, but…

What if the power outage lasts much longer than you ever expected?

Power outages can stem from a variety of causes like transformers blowing, fallen trees, ice storms, hurricanes, tornadoes and many other naturally occurring events.

Regardless of how we lose power, we should all be adequately prepared to survive through a power outage and keep your food from spoiling.

  • Right outside your house, how many of us have solar light aligning our driveways and our walk paths?You can pull it out of the ground and actually bring it inside your house and use it as a flashlight at night. During the day, take it back outside and it will automatically recharge in the daylight.
  • Next for added light, attach a headlamp to a jug of water. The head lamp should face in towards the water, and when you turn the headlamp on, it illuminates the jug of water turning it into a pretty big lamp that can light up an entire room.
  • Of course, you don’t want your food to spoil in your refrigerator, so when the power goes off, start filling Ziploc bags with water, close the bags and place them in the freezer. You will have instant ice packs for when the refrigerator shuts off.
  • Turn your washing machine into a refrigerator. When the power goes out, fill your washing machine with ice and put some food in. It will keep the food cold and keep it from spoiling. And the best part – when the ice begins to melt, the water will drain right down into your drain pipes.

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