Emergency Preparedness for a Power Outage

We’ve really come to depend on power for survival, so it isn’t fun at all when it goes out. Here are some ways that I’ve found can make power outages a little less stressful, and more enjoyable.

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For Light:
• Have flashlights + spare batteries- put the spare batteries in a place separate from the flashlight, not in the flashlight itself. You don’t want a ruined flashlight when the batteries get old and leak everywhere!
Headlamp – You’ll look totally ridiculous with this on, but I embraced it anyways and having my hands free was sooo worth looking like a coal miner.
Lanterns – These ones are a bit flimsy, but I bought them anyways and I’m so glad I did. They are INSANELY bright and compact down to a pretty small size. They are also great for camping!
• Scent-free candles- I learned this the hard way when the power went out a few years ago. I lit a bunch of scented candles because it’s all that I had on hand, but after an hour the whole house smelled like a mixture of strong scents, giving us all a headache. Scent free candles are best for power outages.
• Glow sticks- These are fun entertainment for kids, and they produce small amounts of light. It’s a win-win for everyone!
• Generator- Check with your local city laws to see if they are allowed, then keep it outside.


For Food:
• Freezer trick- Keep a glass of frozen water in your freezer with a coin sitting on top of the frozen water. When the power goes out, the water will melt and the coin will sink to the bottom. That way if the power comes back on and the water refreezes, you’ll know that if the coin is frozen on the bottom then the power was out long enough for the water to melt, and your meat probably unthawed to the point that it’s now not safe to consume.
• Have a water storage- during a power outage the water treatment plants may not be able to function properly, causing your water to be unsafe to consume. It’s always good to have extra water stored. I have 2 cases of water bottles, a WaterBOB that I would fill up right after the power goes out, and 4 of these containers filled with water.
• Water safety- It’s important to know how to properly store water and make it safe for drinking. Check out the CDC’s page on how to do just that.
• Build a food storage- In my food storage I keep food that needs to be cooked to consume, and food that doesn’t. I would use the food that doesn’t need to be cooked during a power outage. You can read my post of food storage building here. Camping stoves and charcoal grills are great for outdoor cooking during a power outage.


For Warmth During Winter Outage:
Carbon monoxide poisoning is a very real and deadly thing so I try to stay away from heat sources like camp-stoves, grills, and propane lanterns indoors. Here are my alternatives:
Sleeping Bag
• Tent- setting up a tent in your living room, and then having everyone sleep in it can keep body heat in one place, keeping everyone warm throughout the night.
HotHands – I LOVE these. You can stick them in your shoes (make sure to wear thick socks, they do get pretty hot!), in your pockets, or in your gloves. They are awesome little heat packets that require not work. Just take them out of their package and the exposer to air will cause them to heat up!
• Layers- Wear thick socks, long-sleeved shirts, coats, scarves, hat, gloves…pretty much anything that you would wear outside on a cold winter day.
• Blankets- thick and heavy blankets can do wonders with providing warmth.
• Workout- Your body will produce its own heat if you give it a reason to! Jumping jacks usually do the trick for me.
• Eliminate heat loss- weather proofing your home such as installing a window insulation kit , weather-strip seal around doors, and outlet sealers can make a big difference in preventing cold drafts from entering your home.
• Open blinds- let that warm sun shine in during the day!


For Cold During Summer Outage:
• Close blinds- anything that you can do to prevent the hot sun from coming in through your windows will greatly help the temperature in your home stay low.
• Open windows at night when its cooler- let in all of that cold, fresh air!
• Leave your home and head to a library or shelter that still has power and air-conditioning.



• Card/board games- things can get pretty boring when the power goes out. What on earth will you do without your TV?!? Card and board games are a great alternative. Make sure to have some on hand that all ages in the family can enjoy.


• Unplug appliances- a power surge can occur when the power turns back on and you don’t want all of your appliances and electronics fried!
• Have an emergency weather radio – it’s nice to have this on hand to stay up to date on what’s going on outside your home.






One thought on “Emergency Preparedness for a Power Outage

  1. Elizabeth O.

    May 25, 2017 at 4:36pm

    We don’t really want to go through this but it’s always nice to be prepared during emergencies. I think these are all very important. It’s a good guideline to help people prepare.

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  2. Agnes Dela Cruz

    May 24, 2017 at 4:24am

    I freak out everytime there’s a power outage and I have learned to maximize time during summer where I can stock up with power essentials. Solar lights are very useful too.

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  3. Tione

    May 24, 2017 at 4:19am

    I have been scared of power outage my entire life, so I ensure to have backup batteries all the time. I make use of rechargeable lanterns, speakers etc.

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  4. JD Obedoza

    May 24, 2017 at 2:49am

    Power banks for those mobile devices. Can’t live without ’em.

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  5. David Elliott

    May 24, 2017 at 2:28am

    This is very cool for all kinds of climates. I never think about all the different things needed because I live in a climate that doesn’t have much variance.

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  6. Ana

    May 23, 2017 at 10:04pm

    It is the worst when the lights go out so I like to be prepared. Headlamps is a good shout x

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  7. Ashvin

    May 23, 2017 at 9:26pm

    This is such a great idea. I remember a powercut in England once and I did not know what to do as I have never experienced it! Really helpful!

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  8. Anonsa

    May 23, 2017 at 4:59pm

    It is necessary to have an emergency kit and make sure that it can be found easily and very much accessible so that you can make use of it really during emergencies.

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  9. Lorena

    May 23, 2017 at 4:27pm

    Such A good ideanI will keep in mind maybe I will need them.

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  10. Jackie

    May 23, 2017 at 2:04pm

    These are great tips and living in Manila power goes out pretty often. I have serval rechargeable flashlights which really helpful.

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  11. Jessica Taylor

    May 23, 2017 at 1:24pm

    We have such horrible weather here in south Louisiana, so it is crucial that we stay prepared. Thanks for these tips!

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  12. Amber

    May 23, 2017 at 12:49pm

    I need to remember all this so we don’t panic. We did the last time this happened. I couldn’t find the flashlights anywhere. Now they are all in one spot at least.

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  13. Jay Colby

    May 23, 2017 at 12:40pm

    Great tips. This is an great reminder to be prepared at all times, because we never know what will happen.

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  14. Kaylee

    May 23, 2017 at 12:22pm

    This is an extremely helpful post for hurricane season. I have also never heard of the coin water bottle trick, that’s such a great idea!

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  15. Milton Goh

    May 23, 2017 at 4:18am

    These are great tips! I especially like the one about the coin in the frozen water trick! 🙂

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  16. Jenn JG

    May 23, 2017 at 2:32am

    Living in South Florida with the threat of Hurricanes, I have TONS of candles and Batteries. We had a “horrible storm coming” last fall that never hit and hubby went a bit overload with the power outage prepping.

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  17. Katina Davenport

    May 23, 2017 at 1:48am

    I wish my family had even a fraction of these items earlier this year. We had a city wide power outage in March. Although our power didn’t go out, my mom’s did. And it was a crazy week with her, my 3 children, husband, disabled nephew, and dog. If we had these then the situation could have been easier for my mom. Our tiny house was crammed with people.

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  18. Lauren

    May 23, 2017 at 12:11am

    Hot hands is a good idea ! Thanks for the post. It gets you thinking!

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  19. robin rue

    May 23, 2017 at 12:08am

    I have a few candles and flashlights, but I need to double check to make sure I have matches and batteries to go with them. Thanks for the reminder.

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