Every household and business should have a power outage emergency kit handy. The items should be dictated by individual needs, but some basics follow:

  • A battery operated or hand-crank radio.
  • Battery operated lanterns/flashlights. Emergency lights that are plugged into outlets and automatically come on when power goes off are also nice.
  • Plenty of the appropriate size batteries for the above.
  • A non-cordless telephone or a cell phone. Portable telephones do not function without electricity.
  • A manual can opener.
  • Stored containers of drinkable water in your freezer. If power is out for any length of time, the ice blocks help the temperature stay cold, and if it melts, it can be used as drinking water.
  • A grill or propane camping stove for OUTDOOR cooking.
  • Means to stay warm, like extra blankets and fireplaces.
  • Generators placed outdoors and properly ventilated outside.
  • Alternate means to power medical equipment, like an Emergency Power Backup System.