It’s easy to think that the country is too stable to experience a long-term power outage, but our power grid is a lot more fragile than it seems. The grid faces regular threats from common storms and natural disasters, which, in some areas, can take weeks to fix.
Cyberattacks and acts of terrorism also make power outage more likely to happen. Even the US Energy Department states that the power grid is in “imminent danger”.
Are you prepared for the next power outage? Here’s how to ready yourself and the family. Some experts theorize that Russia, which has been attacking the power grid of Ukraine, is using those attacks as “test runs” for a larger attack on the US’ power grid.
It can be scary to imagine what it would be like to live without light, heaters, and electricity in general.
Are you prepared for the next power outage? Here’s what you should do!
Should You Get a Standby Generator?
A standby generator can power a handful of critical components to your entire store or home. Sizes of generators go up from there, depending on individual needs. Air conditioning, for example, maybe critical for stores in geographical climates such as Florida. A professional consultation is recommended to determine the optimum size of the generator.
How are you going to light up your home and charge your mobile device? FOr illumination, candles are inexpensive options, but also dangerous. Try flashlights, headlamps, or LED lanterns. If you have outdoor solar lights in your yard, remember that you can move these indoors at night to light up hallways or bathrooms.
To prepare yourself, you need at least one gallon of water per person per day, whatever the emergency is.
Store shelves will be emptied within hours and they might not be restocked for a while if the power goes out for an extended period. That’s why you should stockpile long-term food in your pantry. Some food to store are peanut butter, crackers, powdered milk, pasta, canned goods, oatmeal, rice, cereal, dried fruit, granola bars, fruit juice, and more.
If you know that a power outage is about to occur, turning the settings fridge and freezer to maximum would be a great idea so that when the power goes off, they will be at their coldest temperatures.
In case of a long-term power outage, you need a lot of supplies to stay warm. You can use your fireplace or woodstove if you have one, or a portable kerosene heater. A sleeping bag is also important, especially those rated at 20 degrees or colder. Make sure you have a warm wool or fleece hat for everyone in your family, and enough blankets to make a bed for everyone on the floor.
City sewer systems depend on electricity to function. As mentioned, you may want to have a generator, but it’s also worth noting that generators are dependent on fuel, which, in a long-term outage, might run out within a few days.
If you’re on a septic system, you’ll still be able to flush your toilet if you have water to put in the tank. But if you have been experiencing rain or flooding, it’s not ideal to use your septic system. If you have a yard, you can also dispose of waste by digging holes in the ground that are six to eight inches deep. Make sure each hole is at least 200 feet from any water source.
As for bathing and cleaning, make sure you have baby wipes, hand sanitizers, dry shampoos, disposable utensils, disinfectant cleaner, paper towels, feminine hygiene products, and diapers.