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Oct 31, 2014, 3:32:00 PM by Dan Kelly

Be Ready for a Blackout! 8 Tips for Preparing for the Next Big Storm

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Over the last couple of years, most of us have had our power knocked out by some intense storms and it seems they're becoming more frequent. Superstorm Sandy left some folks without electricity for more than a week in 2012. In 2014 an epic ice storm led to downed power lines and left people without heat during freezing cold temperatures. Here are some tips to help you prepare for the next "big one" so that you and your family are ready and as comfortable as possible during the next blackout.

Firstly, before the next big disturbance is forcasted, it's a good idea to take photographs or video of your home and your belongings from room to room. Record serial numbers, purchase dates, and prices. This will help if you need to contact the insurance company because of any insured losses. You may also want to do the same for your automobile.

It’s better to have simple plans in place if a hurricane or snowstorm is bearing down. Here are some simple tips to help you prepare: 

  • Make or buy extra ice and put some in gallon freeze bags in the freezer. If the electricity goes out, the ice can keep essentials, such as milk or bologna cold even if you have to move items from your fridge to a cooler.

  • Do laundry ahead of time so you have some clean clothes to get you buy. It may be several days before you can run the next load.

  • Run dishes through the dishwasher. That way there won't be a pile of dirty dishes and, potentially, no water to wash them. 

  • Turn the cold setting on the fridge and the freezer down before the storm hits. If the electricity goes off, it will keep your food from spoiling longer.

  • Take a tour the yard and bring anything indoors that has the potential to fly away in high winds.

  • Keep your cell phone charged and ready ahead of the storm. And, if your power does go out, we have a handy list of things you can do to keep your phone charged longer during the outage HERE.

  • Keep an eye or ear on news and weather reports for changing conditions or possible evacuation. If you need to evacuate, pack a bag ahead of time. You can make a fast getaway if needed.

  • Make sure the car's gasoline tank is full. Having a full tank allows you to travel outside the storm's reach if you must evacuate. And, consider that local gas stations may also be without power.

Finally, to truly be ahead of the next major storm system, consider purchasing a backup generator for your home. A portable generator is an affordable option. For a more comprehensive solution, consider a home standby generator. Both can be installed and set up to easily power household essentials like a heater, refridgerator, lights and more. Who says you have to be inconvenienced by a power outage?

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