Coping Without Power
Electrical power is something that we all take for granted. So much so that often we don’t even realise the extent to which our lives are impacted by the use of electricity. Often, it’s only when the power goes out that we begin to understand how much we truly rely on it. And yet the threat of losing power is something which hangs over our heads every day.
Any number of factors could potentially contribute to a loss of electrical power, as evidenced by the number of occasions when this has occurred. Natural disasters, solar flares and human error are just three of an endless number of factors which could lead to a power outage, and these scenarios could happen at any time. So, it’s very important that we learn to live without power the best we can, in preparation for the day when this nightmare becomes a reality.
Preparing Your Power-Out Kit
A long lasting power outage is in itself an emergency situation, and should be treated as such. Therefore, a power-out kit should be much the same as any emergency preparedness kit. Basic essentials, such as food, water, warm clothing from www.outdoorlook.co.uk, medical supplies and alternative forms of lighting (such as wind up lamps, torches, candles and matches) should all be included.
Thinking About Food
Modern food prep and storage tends to be overly reliant on electricity. But in the event of a power outage, your electrical stove, fridge and other kitchen items will be completely useless. Even those of us with gas power may find that we’re not able to use our appliances if the gas company is also affected by the outage. So, when thinking about preparing for a lengthy power outage, we should make sure to include food which doesn’t require electricity to store or cook, such as canned or dried products. A portable gas stove will enable you to heat your food, but make sure you have a decent fuel supply stored up.
Staying Safe During a Power Outage
If you’re faced with the scenario of a long power outage, you should make safety one of your top priorities. We would all like to think that, in the event of a prolonged emergency situation, people would band together and help one another out, but unfortunately this has often proven not to be the case. So to protect you and your family, make sure that you are prepared to defend both your persons and your emergency supplies. This may mean making a bug-out plan, or preparing to defend your home. Either way, put your plan in place before an emergency occurs, and you’ll have a much better chance of weathering the storm.
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