Storm and Emergency Supplies
Blackouts, and Emergency
|Severe weather or other
forces can knock out power and other utilities for a few hours
or a few days. No matter where you live, an extended power
outage can make your life very difficult. Prepare your family
and your household for blackouts. It is not difficult or
expensive to be prepared, and it will allow your family to cope
and be a little more comfortable.
During an emergency, three primary survival needs must be met
– safe water, food, and light. Additionally, warmth, fresh air
flow, or other comfort or shelter needs may be required.
Following are some tips to help you get prepared for such
emergencies, along with a few product recommendations and ideas
- Be prepared. Please don’t wait until a storm is
approaching or has already struck. If the power outage and
local damage is widespread, supplies will be quickly
exhausted at area stores. Emergency preparedness experts
advise that a home should be prepared to be self-sufficient
for at least three to seven days.
Check the batteries. Have two extra
on hand for each
fluorescent lantern, radio and other essential
battery-powered equipment. Store the batteries with the
products, but not inside them.
- Have plenty of Battery powered Lamps on hand. The
family feels so much better when there is plenty of light at
night. Today, there are some great, powerful,
battery lamps available to make you feel as if there are
no problems. Keep a good battery lantern on hand for every
living space of your home. And keep a few
windup Flashlights available and ready for action.
Don’t forget the cooking stove. Camp
Stoves and Grills provide a perfect cooking alternative when
home electric or gas stoves are inoperable. A propane
powered two-burner camp
stove and grill is a compact, portable and convenient
means to provide hot meals and hot drinks for as many days
as necessary. Don't forget to stock up on standard 16 oz.
propane gas cylinders. Please remember to NEVER operate
propane gas stoves indoors.
- Safe water for drinking and cooking is essential.
Maintain adequate quantities of bottled water, or acquire
safe tap water and store it temporarily in
gallon water containers when severe weather warnings are
issued. Municipal water supplies can become tainted quickly
in the wake of certain storms. Follow any recommended
boiling procedures once the stored supplies are exhausted.
Check your food supply. Always have
on hand at least a three-day supply of canned goods and
other non-perishables for each person and pet. Fresh and
frozen foods can spoil quickly when the electricity goes
out, so transfer meats and other perishables into insulated
coolers. Consider a
thermoelectric cooler that can run from your car
cigarette lighter and never needs ice. Try to eat all the
perishable items first to avoid spoilage.
- Most importantly, stay safe. After severe
weather, there is usually structural damage, and possibly
downed power lines in the area. Let the proper authorities
be the first to check out the area. Stay off the roads if
possible, because traffic lights may be inoperable. Do not
drive unless it is an emergency.
Hurricane supplies are available from
Storm Prepare to help you get
ready for the storm.