Proper preparation prevents poor performance, as they say. And there are many more sayings like it, all pointing towards the fact that it is better to be proactive than reactive, meaning that you have to be prepared for emergencies, rather than being overwhelmed by them because you have no idea what to do. What do you do, for instance, if you suddenly find yourself without power? An hour may be romantic and fun, cuddling up together with blankets and candles, but if the outage last, real problems start to emerge. You have no electronic entertainment, can’t phone anyone, your freezer starts to defrost and more. So are you prepared?
How to Be Prepared?
There are a number of things you need to do in order to be prepared. This includes:
- Have lots of clean drinking water ready. There is no such thing as too much water. Our body needs it for survival, we need it to clean ourselves and more. If there is a power outage, the sewage system may also be disrupted, which means tap water is no longer safe for use. Get as much water as you possibly can.
- Canned or dry food. You never know how long the power outage will last, nor when it will occur. Hence, fresh food is really out of the question. Get things like dried pasta, beans, lentils, nuts, dry milk, oatmeal and so on. Also get loads of cans with things like meat, vegetables and fruits. And put a couple of sweet treats in there as well.
- A power generator. The best option is the solar model, but if you want some more serious power, then a diesel generator is a better idea. Yes, they may be a bit noisy and dirty, but they use a fuel that can generally be found even during times of power outage or natural disaster. Natural gas options are cleaner and quieter, but they need hooking up to the natural gas pipelines and they may be out due to the power outage as well.
- An emergency first aid kit. Make sure that you can address all types of medical situations, but particularly those that cause extreme pain (like breaks) and those that have the potential to become infected (like cuts and burns). You need to make sure that you can stabilize and sanitize any injury, at least until you manage to get some proper medical help.
- You would not believe how important it is that you work as part of a team with not just your family, but your entire neighborhood and even community. Now is the time to join together and help each other out. It is likely that there is an elderly person living within walking distance from you. Would you really want them to be alone, afraid and unprepared? Visit your neighbors and discuss who visits who and how food will be distributed if people don’t have any or run out, for instance. Working together is absolute key to the overall survival of the human race, in fact.
So, a power outage may not be a huge disaster, but it is very inconvenient. And if they last, things start to become difficult. With the above five step plan, you should be able to make it a whole lot more bearable.