Disasters can strike at anytime and it's important to always be prepared. Severe weather conditions like hurricanes can cause loss of power, but those are not the only things you have to watch out for. A power outage can occur during a heavy thunderstorm or a blizzard. Use the following tips to make sure you're ready in case of emergencies.
Batteries are the most important to have, since they provide the power necessary to keep us going until the lights come back on. Be sure to keep a large supply of batteries of every type. Sometimes, the power can come back on in a short time, but there's always the possibility that it could take hours or even days. Make periodic checks of dates on the batteries, so you will always have a fresh supply. It's also good to have a lot so you can share them with neighbors who might not have any. Radios A battery operated radio can keep you notified of important updates, where you can go for help and if it's safe to leave the home.
They also provide comfort in knowing that you are not alone in the situation. Make sure you have the proper sized batteries to keep it running. Flashlights When the lights go out, one of the first things we reach for is a flashlight.
Since there is no way to predict how long you will be without lights, having extra batteries will make sure that you won't be left in the dark. You can also get battery operated lamps to put in rooms. You don't have to hold them and they turn on with the push of a button. Water Purifiers Having a fresh supply of water during an emergency is extremely important.
Boiling water will purify it but if the electricity is out, this might not be an option. Having a battery powered purifier means that you will always have a drinkable supply of water for you and your family. Fans and Heaters Since the power can go out at anytime, keep battery powered fans and heaters in your supply kit. This way you can stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter Medical Equipment Losing the electricity can be particularly frightening for people who rely on medical equipment that require electricity to work. A lot of this equipment has battery back ups, so make sure you have a good supply of the required batteries on hand.
Centralized Supply Location Have a centralized location for your supplies. Dedicate a whole area just for batteries and keep them in size order. This way if the lights go out, you won't have to stumble around in the dark trying to find your supplies. They'll all be in one place, so you can easily get your hands on them.
By following these tips you will find it much easier to endure the aftermath of emergencies while you wait for power to be restored.
Gregg Hall is an author living in Navarre Florida. Find more about this as well as Batteries For All Electronics at http://www.batteriesforallelectronics.com