Power Outages – What Should Your Emergency Kit Contain?

Power Outages – What Should Your Emergency Kit Contain?
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Power Outages – What Should Your Emergency Kit Contain?

The US energy infrastructure is sprawling – and even impressive, as hundreds of millions of Americans enjoy access to clean water, freely available electricity, and gas. But the specter of the climate crisis is bringing the security of that infrastructure into question, as citizens today experience four times more power loss time than they did a decade ago. With power outages more common, what can you do to ensure immediate safety for you and your household? What should your emergency kit contain?

Light Source

Restoring light should be a priority action in the event of a power outage. With no telling how long an outage might last, this is important even in the daytime. Ensuring everyone in the household has immediate access to a torch is a simple way to achieve this; incorporating solar- or battery-powered lamps in your emergency kit allows you to illuminate rooms with ease, making it easier to make further emergency preparations.

Food and Water

Your next priority is sustenance, namely food and water. Water is the most important of these, as humans cannot go longer than a matter of days – and all the while, our faculties can suffer. Depending on the scope of the outage, you may not be able to trust that your municipal water system will continue to supply potable water to your faucet; with this in mind, keeping crates of water bottles to hand for your household can be useful.

No power also makes preparing and storing food difficult. Fresh foods are perishable and cannot be reliably stored, whereas freeze-dried instant meals and processed bars can provide nutrition without the risk of going foul.

Medication and First Aid

Medical supplies are another necessity for any emergency kit of any kind, again due to the potential difficulties of procuring them in a prolonged power outage. Basic medication in the form of painkillers and antihistamines should be stockpiled, as well as more targeted medications for pre-existing conditions. Bandages and disinfectants should also be procured if an injury occurs during the outage.

Hygiene Products

Tangentially to the above medical provisions, personal hygiene is also a key consideration in blackout conditions. Depending on the nature or circumstances of the blackout, it may be difficult to source additional supplies of any kind; for those who menstruate, this can be discomforting or even dangerous. Having ready access to an emergency supply of pads can make a serious difference to comfort and health. 

Power and Charging

Finally, access to auxiliary power would be ideal in such a crisis. Emergency power products of all kinds are available to enable access to electricity even in an outage, from solar panels for charging battery arrays to small generators and power inverters – which can themselves be used to charge devices and power lights. These should be tested regularly outside of emergencies, though, to ensure they continue to operate. 

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