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
- a battery powered radio (a weather radio would be ideal)
- first aid kit
- medications that you take daily (a week’s supply)
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!
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