Surviving without power for a whole 72 hours can be a scary thought, but it’s something that people have had to do in the past and will have to do again. You can fear it all you like, but that won’t stop it from happening. You may also think that this type of thing won’t happen to you, but you just can’t predict it. The best thing you can possibly do is gather all of the emergency essentials together so you can be well equipped if this happens to you. If this was to happen and you didn’t have anything prepared, your stress and anxiety levels, as well as that of your family, would be through the roof. Do you really want to have to sit around with no power, crying kids, startled pets, and absolutely nothing to make the situation better?
Here are some of the most important emergency essentials to help you figure out what you need and get them packed ASAP:
The Right Kind Of Food And Drink
Having food and drink packed away is important, but it must be the right kind of food and drink. Above all else, it should be easy to prepare and full of nutrients. This will ensure you can prepare it whatever the situation, and that you’re nourishing your body, which in turn should make you feel better, if only a little bit. That being said, you still want to pack foods you’re going to want to eat, as you’ll just be miserable if you don’t like what you have to eat.
Here are a few suggestions:
- granola/breakfast bars
- Packs of nuts and dried fruit
- Ready to eat canned food (don’t forget a can opener)
- Soups and ready to make oats
- Freeze dried camping foods
Comfort foods could potentially lift your spirits, too, so don’t be afraid to pack some of those. Perhaps some chocolate or candy that won’t go out of date. Ensure that you check the dates on everything before purchase to ensure you have plenty of time, and bear in mind that you may want to check on the food every 6 months or so to rotate it if needs be. You can’t just put it all together and then expect it to still be in edible condition a few years down the line. Make sure you pack plenty of food for your pets, too, and make sure you pack enough for your kids who could be having growth spurts in the meantime. You may need to add food as you go along.
When it comes to beverages, water is a must, so pack plenty of 2-liter bottles. Instant hot cocoa, tea, or Gatorade can help you to feel better too. Consider the things that will make you feel better and pack them – it can be different for every family, so consider what your family finds most comforting.
A First Aid Kit
A first aid kit can give you peace of mind and help you to keep your loved ones safe. These kits should contain things like band-aids and bandages, sterile gloves, tweezers, antiseptic cream, and more. How could you become injured without power, and what would you need to help? Don’t forget supplies for your pets, either. How would you feel if they were injured and you had nothing to help them?
A Portable Power Bank
A small, charged up portable power bank can be a great solution for charging your phone or another portable device. Not only will you need to report what’s going on, you may need to keep far away loved ones updated on how you are. Plus, in 2018 people are pretty much always on their screens. This doesn’t mean you should spend the whole time updating social media; just that it might calm you to interact with people online or even keep up with the news.
A Portable Generator
A portable generator is a brilliant backup power supply that can be used in the event of a power outage. There are many different models and styles, and some people even use theirs recreationally on occasion. If you don’t expect to need a portable generator all that much, then it could be a good option for you. Remember, you need to be there to turn it on; it won’t do that itself. However, there are many benefits to having one of these on hand if you’re going to be there to power it.
Small Pieces of Emergency Equipment
There are all kinds of small pieces of emergency equipment you should make sure you have on hand. To make sure these don’t get lost or damaged, it can be a good idea to put things like this into sealable ziplock bags, or somewhere else you know they won’t get damaged. A small sewing kit, swiss army knife, and a few candles are just a couple of things you should consider.
A whistle that can be heard in many types of conditions, camping cutlery sets and a flashlight can also be useful. Begin putting your own list together of small items like this and make sure you have them packed and easy to reach all in one place. Here’s a list to help you get started:
- Ziplock bags.
- Lots of candles.
- Matches/a lighter.
- A flashlight.
- A sewing kit.
- A utility knife.
Although you’re not going to have any power, this doesn’t mean that your personal hygiene has to fall by the wayside. It won’t be the first thing on your mind, but it’s important you stay healthy and comfortable while in a bad situation. Make sure you have things like clean socks and underwear and put them in sealed bags to keep them clean. You may also want a change of warm clothes, and a personal hygiene kit including a toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, and shampoo so you can have a proper wash.
Items To Help You Stay Warm
It’s important to consider how will you stay warm if you lose power and it’s freezing outside.
Blankets and cold weather clothes can help, but make sure you also gather plenty of wood for your fireplace, if you have one. Make sure you also pack things like heavy duty sleeping bags and don’t forget to consider how you’ll make sure your pets stay warm and comfortable too. A hot water bottle or a few of them could also be a good addition to your kit.
Entertainment may not be something you really feel like having, but something to do could potentially keep you calm and offer a welcome distraction from the unfortunate situation that you’re in. A game or a book could be a good idea, or even a musical instrument if you’re that way inclined. Consider the other people you’re with, too; although you may want to play some of your favorite songs on the guitar, they might not be in the best of moods to hear them. Make sure you judge the situation properly first.
The best thing you can do in a situation like this is to stay calm and make the most of the situation. Finding the best in a bad situation is a great skill to have. Use this time to catch up on your reading, to relax, and spend some quality time with those you love. It isn’t the ideal setting to do these things in, but worrying is a wasted emotion and will only make it worse. When you’re prepared using the tips here, you’ll find it easy to stay calm!