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.
Cell phones are invaluable during a power outage. It brings up the tired old question, “what did we do before cell phones?” Well, we connected with friends and family using corded, landline phones that still work during a blackout, but those have been disappearing from homes in favor of our handy smart phones.
A cell phone can connect you to a larger community of people, like friends on Facebook as well as news outlets. The biggest disadvantage of these devices, by far, is their limited battery life.