If you’ve been paying attention to the world, you’ll know that climate change is a very big deal right now. Unfortunately, global leaders don’t seem to be paying too much attention to the oils that are spilling into the ocean, and the fact that they are not harnessing the power of the sun for that solar energy is a travesty. Countries are being pounded by hurricane after hurricane. Rain bombs are sweeping across the states in Australia that usually maintain warm weather all year round. Fires are raging and famine is happening because of long and drawn out heat waves. It’s scary out there.
You might not be in the path of disaster all the time, but there’s no telling when or where or in which climate a blackout will strike. Do you have generators for your home spare in the garage? Do you have canned food built-up in the pantry just in case? You do not need to be a doomsday prepper to be ready in case the power goes out. In fact, you’ll be very smart to be ready in case the power goes out! Everything from storms to when the sun decides to be a little too hot one day can blackout your home and you end up with no electricity. Here are six things your home will need if a blackout should happen.
- The ability to light the way. Now, you need to consider adding to your supply of soy candles and matches. You may not be able to fill your lighters with lighter fluid, and you may not have batteries in for your flashlight, but having candles and matches? You can go back to basics and light the way. Candles are a smart decision because you won’t have to hunt down the batteries in the dark or find gas. You could even get a hand-cranked torch ready in the house but just make sure these things are accessible in a blackout.
- You need power. When there is a power outage you need to consider what you would use to keep your refrigerator and your freezer running. Generators are the obvious answer, but there’s no use in waiting until a blackout happens to get one. The best thing that you could do is have one in the home in situ in the garage. This way, should an outage happen you know exactly where it is and you can continue to run your appliances. You also need adequate power for your outlets so that you can charge your phone and call the emergency services if you need to.
- You need heat. Even if the blackout is due to a heat wave, you don’t know how long this blackout is going to last, so how are you planning on cooking your food? Power supplies like generators can help you to continue using your outlets, which means you can still use your cooking equipment. However, if you don’t have a generator, how do you plan to heat food? A camping stove can help you here!
- Water. You cannot survive without water, and yet you don’t consider this until you cannot access it anymore. If your faucet water isn’t particularly nice, what next? It’s always a good idea to stock up on a few cases of drinking water that you can keep in the garage or in another area of the home that is easily reachable in case of a blackout. If the power goes out in the summer, the chances are your AC is also going to go out which means you’re going to be very, very warm at home.
- Canned goods. Are you really going to be able to continue to use your refrigerator long-term in a blackout? Sure, if you have a generator. If you don’t, it’s not going to be very long until the food in your refrigerator starts to go rancid. Having canned goods is going to ensure that you have food to eat while you wait out the blackout. Depending on where you live, this can go on for days so you need to be prepared.
- Medical supplies. Accidents are more likely to happen in a blackout, given that there are no lights. If you can’t see where you’re going, you’re going to fall over, and you are going to hurt yourself. Having a first aid kit of some kind with scissors, latex gloves, and the usual pain killing medications can help you. You need to make sure that it has enough in there to handle the common cuts and scrapes.