Survival Tips For Power Outages & Power Cuts
It would be fair to say that most of us have experienced at least one power outage/power cut in our lifetimes. Fortunately most of the time these are only for a short time period. This article aims to provide some handy power outage survival tips for those times when you have to endure longer outages without any power available to you.
To prepare for a long-term power outage that may last for several days or more you will need to ensure that you and your family can still eat, cook food and remain cool or warm depending on the weather. You will also need items to occupy your time and keep you and your family amused. This is especially true if you have children who aren’t normally used to just sitting around being bored.
In an ideal world, we wouldn’t need to use any of the following power outage survival tips because we would all have generators that we could use during a power outage. Unfortunately, this is not always possible due to lack of budget or other personal circumstances. Even if you did have a generator ask yourself how long your fuel will last. This is why brushing up on power outage survival tips is a must for every prepper.
Meal Time Tips
Try to ration any food and water supplies you have, you may not know how long the power will be out for. When it comes time to prepare a meal to encourage your children to help you prepare meals. This will help them keep from being bored and make them feel part of the situation. This will also be invaluable preparation for future power outages they may experience in their life with their own families. It’s also a good Idea to teach them how to cook outside, for example, using a barbecue. This will help them build their own confidence when it comes to survival and emergency preparedness.
Keeping Cool Tips
If the weather is particularly hot and the air con is off due to the power outage try to find places to sit in the shade. Take regular sips of water to avoid becoming dehydrated.
Keeping Warm Tips
Depending on the time of year and your location, If you’re traveling away from home pack some emergency clothing like extra socks, gloves, and hats. Keeping your extremities warm will help keep your entire body warmer. Use sleeping bags and extra blankets to sit on and keep warm. If the weather is cold cuddle together, remember body heat will transfer and help everyone. If you have a dog with you they can sleep on your feet or cuddle with you or your children to provide extra warmth.
Tips to Avoid Boredom
The batteries on your smartphones and tablets are not going to last forever and you ideally need to save that battery power for making emergency calls and keeping updated with news regarding your location and situation. In order to keep boredom at bay try some of the following:
- Without straying too far and getting lost go for a walk to scout your location
- Take lots of paper and pencils so you can play games like hangman or noughts and crosses
- Play games like I Spy
- Use the time to educate your children on their surroundings for example by naming wild plants or teaching them how to read a map.
- Teach your children how to start a fire and use a compass.
- keep some board games at home or travel versions if you’re going away. Monopoly can kill lots of time 🙂
- Keep a stock of books to read, you could also have puzzle and crossword books to hand.
- Every Prepper should have a pack of playing cards at their disposal to play games and pass the time. You can even buy playing cards that have survival tips on the back.
Power Outage Supplies
You may not be able to predict a power outage but even if you don’t have a generator you can make sure you have some of these basic supplies stocked and ready to go:
- Spare Battery’s
- Wind Up Radio
- Food supplies, cans and nonperishable
- First Aid Kit
- Emergency Blankets
- Emergency Contact info, for example, power company telephone number
- Water at least enough for 3 days supply
- Disposable Barbecue
The above list is basic items you can prepare. You may want to enhance the items on the list depending on your geographical location and weather conditions.
Power Outage Survival Tips Conclusion
Whilst nobody wants to have to endure a power outage try to see it as a positive experience. Use this valuable family time to teach your children how to survive without power. In this modern world with their minds often focused on Facebook or snap-chat a power outage is the ideal time to really talk with your children and grow together as a family.