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Power outages can happen at any time and can be pretty surprising if you aren’t prepared, so the best thing you can do is gather a few supplies and prepare yourself for the next outage before it happens.  Consider the size of your family when preparing supplies, and make sure to keep an emergency kit in a convenient, easy to reach location.

  1. Prepare A Kit: When you begin to think about preparing for an emergency, the number one item on the list should be to packing an emergency kit. Ideally, you can make a kit that would cover you for a large emergency but also consider making a smaller kit for a power outage. This would include items such as candles, dry food, blankets etc. That way if an outage strikes you can work off the small kit and save the other emergency bag for a larger event.
  2. Consider Warmth: When the power goes out, warmth is going to be a big concern so it’s important to have a plan before an outage. For a long-term plan, you could consider purchasing a Valor Fireplace, which will always keep you warm even in the worst storm as the fireplace runs without power. In the short term, you can prepare by collecting blankets, hand warmers, warm sweaters, and socks and storing them near your emergency kit.
  3. Purchase A Radio:  In a true emergency, it will be important to keep up with local radio feeds to get an idea of what is going on. Ideally, you will want to purchase a radio that has a wind-up arm so no matter what you have a way of powering the radio. Some of these units will come with a light attached which is ideal when a power outage strikes.
  4. Light, Light & More Light: The most important thing you’ll need in a power outage is a source of light, preferably multiple different types of light.  If possible, create a kit containing candles, matches, flashlights, and batteries so you cover all your bases when it comes to emergency lighting.
  5. Plan Activities:  This is a great tip for those have kids because let’s be honest power outages can be pretty boring.  So to keep the kids calm and entertained, make sure you have access to some board games or puzzles to pass the time. This is also a great time to raid the cupboard for some treats, to make the outage seem more fun and to make it less of a stressful event.
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