How to prepare for 72 hours without power
Although power failures can be irritating to contend with, they're a lot more tolerable if you've planned (and packed) ahead for the situation. Extreme weather can knock out power for several days, so it's important to have essentials on hand.
- A camping stove and cooking pots that can double as bowls/pots are vital emergency supplies.
- Bottled water: Buy at least a few flats of water bottles that are small and easy to grab or throw in a backpack or in the trunk of your car if you have to leave. You can also refill 2-liter soda bottles with water (rotate every 6 months). It is SO important to have extra water on hand.
- Write down a list of everything you need to pack, and then check them off as they go into your bag or container. Most people will have similar items in their preparedness kit, although some may have necessities that others don't. One person might need lip balm and minds, another might need comic books and chocolate almonds...
- Murphy's Law dictates that accidents will happen at the worst possible time. Keep first aid supplies handy so you don't have to fumble in the dark for things like alcohol swabs or ibuprofen if they're if they're needed during the blackout.
- If the power is out for a couple of days and there's really nothing you can do about it, take the opportunity to relax and indulge in a good book. The power will be back soon.