Create Your Own Power Outage Emergency Kit
September is often the peak of storm season, which means the risk for power surges and outages is higher than usual. Typically electrical plants can restore power within a few hours of a storm, but in severe situations it can take several days. Either way, it helps to be prepared for power outages before they ever happen.
At Blue Flame, we love to share practical tips with our valued customers. Here is our guide for how to create your own power outage emergency kit. We hope these tips will help you weather the September storms!
Power Outage Emergency Kit Containers
To begin, choose a container or two to store all of your supplies. You may want one container for food and water, and another for electronics and lighting equipment.
We recommend storing your power outage emergency kit in weatherproof plastic pins. Plastic is lightweight, but also durable enough to withstand time and severe weather. These bins can also keep out moisture that would otherwise soak your supplies.
Power Outage Emergency Kit Supplies Checklist
Here is your ultimate emergency kit checklist. Start by gathering up any supplies you already have around the house before you rush off to the store. You probably already have some extra canned goods, batteries, or cell phone chargers handy.
- Canned Goods – This includes fruits, veggies, beans, soup, or tuna.
- Non-Perishable Snacks – Nuts, crackers, protein bars, and dried fruit are all good options. Pasta and rice also work, although they will need a heat source to be cooked.
- Bottled Water – This is important, because it can be used for drinking or even for bathing in extreme emergencies.
- Water Filter – This allows you to stockpile less bottled water as long as you have access to a water source somewhere.
- Can Opener – Make sure you have access to an old-school can opener so that you can open your food supplies.
- Flashlights – Since the lights will be out until the grid is back up, having several flashlights on hand is a no-brainer.
- Batteries – Make sure you have plenty of batteries in essential wattages. This will ensure your flashlights are always ready, and that you can power some of your other electronics in the short-term.
- Battery-Powered Radio or TV – Now that most of us have smart phones, it’s less common to keep a battery-powered radio around the house. But if your cell phone battery dies before the power returns, you’ll be thankful to have a source of news.
- Portable Cell Phone Power Bank – Alternatively, you can help your cell phone to last a little bit longer by using a back up power bank.
- Candles – Even if you run out of batteries and cell phone charge, candles are a failsafe for lighting your home.
- Lighter/Matches – Make sure you have both a lighter and a pack of matches to light your candles.
- Glowsticks – One more lighting backup plan, with a fun twist. These are also great for distracting kids who might be scared of the dark.
- Soap – Generic hand soap or dish soap will work.
- First Aid Kit – Make sure it has plenty of bandages and basic medicines.
Weather the Storms with Your Own Power Outage Emergency Kit
We hope this checklist helps you prepare your home for a power outage. If your home needs any electrical repairs after a Seattle storm, call the pros at Blue Flame. We are here to help with all of your HVAC and electrical needs.
At Blue Flame, we are committed to an exceptional and eco-friendly experience every time you use our heating, air conditioning, and electrical services. Call us at (206) 388-5667 and speak to a member of our team.