Be Prepared for a Power Outage

As a little girl, I always thought that robins were a sure sign that spring was on its way. The last few days we’ve had a ton of robins hopping around our yard so I was sure that spring would be here soon. So imagine my surprise when I learned that we are going to be buried under a foot of snow or more come tomorrow evening. I live in central Kentucky, we don’t normally get that much snow!

Since we are expecting such bad winter weather I am preparing for a power outage and thought I would share a list of things to keep handy in case of one.

Things To Keep Handy in Case of a Power Outage

  • plenty of warm blankets
  • granola bars, dried fruits, dry cereal, etc.
  • flashlights and batteries
  • a cell phone for emergency calls
  • bottled water in case your pipes freeze up or you have a well
  • a kerosene heater and some kerosene
  • at least one or two coolers to keep perishable food until the power returns
  • ice
  • a battery powered radio (a weather radio would be ideal)
  • first aid kit
  • medications that you take daily (a week’s supply)

be prepared for a power outage

You can learn more about how to be prepared for a power outage from the American Red Cross.

While you’re experiencing a power outage there are some things that you can do to make things go more smoothly.

  • Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. You don’t want your food to spoil!
  • Use your refrigerated and frozen foods first before using the non-perishable foods.
  • Turn off and unplug all electronics.
  • Turn all the lights off except for one (so you’ll know when the power comes back on).
  • If using a generator be sure it is kept outdoors. Read more about using a generator safely.
  • Don’t travel unless it’s absolutely necessary. Roadways will be hazardous and traffic lights may be out.

I hope you don’t experience a power outage anytime soon. But if you do I hope these tips will help you be more prepared. Stay safe and warm this winter!

Image courtesy of taymtaym on Flickr.



About Andrea

Hi, I'm Andrea! Thanks for reading my blog. I've been married for 16 years and live in rural Kentucky. I have two teen sons. We also have five spoiled dogs. I've been blogging professionally since 2008. When I'm not at my computer you can find me in the kitchen or outdoors having fun.


  1. Great tips, all ! We’ve had 3 MAJOR blackouts here – and followed your tips pretty much except for the kerosene heater. Can you use that in apartment, do you know?

    • I would think so, however kerosene heaters can cause carbon monoxide to build up in your home so I would be VERY careful. I hope you don’t have any more major blackouts. We’ve experienced that once during a bad ice storm and it’s terrible to go through. Thanks for commenting!

      • Thanks for the info! We’d better do without the kerosene heater – I think we’d have to keep windows open for that, as we have no vents or central air. That’s life in a 60 year old apartment!

  2. My neighborhood had a power outage a few weeks ago that lasts about 15 hours. I was pretty well prepared, but luckily it started in the daylight hours so I didn’t have to scramble in the dark.

  3. These are some very valuable tips. We’ve been going through a similar list like this trying to get ready in case this weather gets worse. Our local stores are without the main staples.

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