Sunday, March 2, 2014

How to Manage with no Power.

Does your family have a plan in case of a power outage? Power outages can be cause by a variety of things, including storms, mistakes, and even birds. They can last for minutes, or even days. Does your family know what to do if the power goes out? Here's a few questions to consider.

1. Do you have a plan for cooking food? A propane grill, nice for summer grilling, can be used to cook a variety of foods. If you don't believe me, ask the scouts! Make sure you can cook in a way that doesn't require electricity. Even better if it is portable.
2. Do you have a way to stay warm without electricity? A few extra blankets are great. Many homes in our area have gas fireplaces which can be used without electricity in our homes.
3. Do you have water? For those of you on city water, you should be a be to use city water. If you have a well, you might need a different solution.
4. Do you have adequate lighting? Make sure you have flashlights and spare batteries. Check this periodically.

Test out you plan periodically. Pick an evening, and test out your plan, see if it works. Make sure everyone knows what to do in the event of a power outage.