10 Power Outage Emergency Kit Must-Haves and What to Do First
Wind Storm Wednesday, December 15th, brought home the fact that Colorado power outages can come at any time. Damage to power lines, stress on the grid, snow, wind, fire, and rain can all cause the power to go out. You can be safe and prepared with a plan and a basic tool kit. We rounded up these facts from Xcel Energy, the American Red Cross, and Consumer Reports for the best possible power outage tips.
1. Your emergency kit can include the following items:
- Water: You should have one gallon of water per person, per day. You’ll need a three-day supply for evacuation, a two-week supply for home). You can also fill the tub.
- Food: You should have nonperishable, easy-to-prepare items (three-day supply for evacuation, two-week supply for home).
- Manual can opener
- Flashlight: Use a flashlight rather than candles because of the extreme risk of fire. (a solar-powered backup is an option)
- battery-powered lantern – (with solar power)
- Battery-operated or hand-crank emergency portable radio: A NOAA weather radio is a great option.
- Battery-powered and -operated fans
- Extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Medications (seven-day supply) and medical items
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items
- fully charged devices, set them to power-save
- Copies of personal documents: Medication list and pertinent medical information, deed/lease to home, birth certificates, and insurance policies are good to have on hand.
- Cell phone with chargers
- Family and emergency contact information
- Extra cash
- A full tank of gas in your car
2. What to do during the power outage
- Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. Use perishable food from the refrigerator first. A refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours if it is not opened.
- Next, use perishable food from the freezer. A full freezer will maintain its temperature for about 48 hours and a half-full freezer will for about 24 hours, as long as the door stays closed.
- Turn off and unplug all unnecessary electrical equipment, including sensitive electronics.
- Turn off or disconnect any appliances, equipment or electronics you were using when the power went out. But be sure to keep on one light so that you will know when the power has turned back on.
- Eliminate unnecessary travel, especially by car. Traffic lights will be out and the roads will be congested.
- Write Important Information on paper
- Check on Nearby Neighbors
- Use a generator outside
- Let a trickle of water move through pipes
- Use outdoor grill or camp stove outside
- Close doors to rooms you do not use
3. How does solar perform in a power outage
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