Emergencies and Power Failures: Are you prepared?
We are all vulnerable to unexpected power disruptions, but with a few advance preparations, potential inconveniences and dangers can be minimized or avoided. Preparing also provides peace of mind, knowing you have prepared.
As a starting point, every home should have emergency supplies including basics such as candles and matches, flashlight(s) and fresh batteries, a first-aid kit, and at least one large jug of fresh water.
If possible, it is advisable to have an even more extensive emergency kit, and this Canadian Red Cross link can help you put one together. Consider keeping a stock of dried foods and/or canned goods, all-weather emergency blankets, waterproof clothing and footwear, as well as cash for consumables such as fuel and food supplies.
Anyone requiring medications should always renew them before running too low to ensure sufficient supply. Likewise, all battery-powered devices should be kept charged – including computers, cell phones and mobility vehicles.
For some, the inconveniences of a power-outage outweigh the cost of installing a generator. Whether you’re ready to incur that expense or simply plan to stock up on supplies, it’s always wise to take steps that will see you and your loved ones through a power failure or other emergency.
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