We don’t usually have to worry about being without electricity in our homes. The thought of the power being out for even a short period can cause anxiety. To lessen your stress, prepare for a power outage. Gather supplies so your home and your family can function without electricity at any time.

Prepare for a Power Outage: Water Needs

Each family member will need at least a gallon of water per day. You will need extra water for cooking, hygiene, and pets. To be prepared for a week without power, have at least 10 gallons of water per person.


When power is out for extended periods, store shelves are quickly emptied. Having a long term food reserve is essential. With plenty of food on hand you feel more prepared for being without power. Here are some foods that you should have stored away.

•Peanut butter
•Powdered milk
•Canned vegetables and soups
•Bouillon cubes
•Granola Bars
•Dried Fruit
•Instant coffee and drink mix


You will get a lot of use out of your grill during a power outage, especially if your stove is powered by electricity. Only use the grill outdoors because using one indoors can lead to a dangerous build-up of carbon monoxide. Have plenty of charcoal or propane stocked up, depending on what your grill uses. It’s also a good idea to buy a small propane camp stove for boiling water. Keep a thermometer on hand to verify that items are kept cold enough not to spoil.

Prepare for a Power Outage by Keeping Batteries on Hand

Check your household flashlights, radio, and other battery-powered devices. Purchase the correct type of batteries for each device. To help every family member feel prepared, stock batteries and a personal flashlight for everyone in the home.

Communication & Radio

No power usually means no WiFi. Keep battery packs that will re-charge your cell phone and have a phone charger in your car. Radio is reliable and provides a way to get information immediately. Buy either a battery-operated radio or a solar-powered one.


Good lighting is important for safety and comfort. To be prepared, have solar lanterns, flashlights, and headlamps. Purchase candles to use in case of an emergency and keep matches or lighters on hand. Be careful around open flames, and extinguish the candles before going to bed or leaving the house.

Purchasing a Generator to Prepare for a Power Outage

There are two types of generators. A portable power station is a battery-powered inverter that is basically an oversized rechargeable battery. It is the only type of generator that is safe for indoor use. The drawback is that it must be charged overnight before use. In case of a sudden outage, it may not be ready. Gas-powered generators are available that are designed to power an entire home. They vary in type and price. If you have a family member who needs power for medical devices, a gas generator is a wise investment.

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