How to Prepare for Power Outages

The Southern United States is notorious for its powerful–and potentially dangerous–thunderstorms. If you live in the southeastern United States and don’t have a home generator, there are certain things you should do in preparation of a power outage.

  1. Make sure you have a flashlight and batteries on hand at all times.
  2. Keep your cell phone fully charged & come up with an alternative source of power to plug into to maintain its charge in case the outage lasts longer than a few hours.
  3. Invest in a battery-operated radio or television.
  4. Protect your electronic equipment with a surge protector. Since surge protectors alone often aren’t powerful enough to protect computers, you may also want to invest in an uninterruptible power supply (UPS).
  5. Fire extinguishers may come in handy if lightning strikes or if you’re planning to use candles.
  6. Fill up your bathtub in case you need it to flush the toilet. Thoroughly clean all of your containers and fill them with drinking water (a minimum of three gallons per person).
  7. Keep freezer doors closed and sealed (well-filled freezers keep most foods frozen 2-3 days).
  8. Stash cash in a safe place on the off-chance the storm knocks out ATM machines.
  9. Turn your air conditioning down and shut all doors and windows (if you keep everything sealed, you should be able to keep your house relatively cool for about 48 hours).
  10. Leave a porch light switched on so that utility crews will be able to determine right away the success of specific repairs. Be prepared to disconnect or shut down any of the appliances or electronics that were left on to avoid overloading your circuits when the power switches back on.

Protect Your Home & Family with a Power Failure Plan

According to a study, 75% of homeowners nationwide experience a power outage at least once a year. Follow the aforementioned tips and you should reduce the inconvenience of power failures and the structural damage it can ensue.

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