How to Be Prepared for a Power Outage

What happens when you suffer a power outage? A couple of things could happen. You need to wait until the repairs are made and the electric company takes care of things to get the power restored, or you could get the generator going if you have one. Whether you are out in the middle of nowhere on your homestead and are dealing with generator issues, or you are homesteading in the suburbs, you should have some ideas of how to make the power outage as easy to handle as possible.

A Light Source

When the sun goes down, you need to have a way to see where you are going and what you are doing in the house, as well as outside. Just because the power is out does not mean you can neglect some of your nightly chores, such as checking on the animals outside, for example. While candles are a tried and true method for lighting the inside of the home, you might want to invest in some solar lanterns. These are a safe light source that can be taken indoors or outdoors.

Learn to Cook on a Woodstove and an Open Fire

If you have an electric stove, you are not going to be able to use it during a power outage. If you have gas, you should be okay. However, it is generally a good idea to learn how to cook on a woodstove, if you have one, as well as an open fire, just in case the need arises.

Emergency Supplies

Make sure you have a stockpile of emergency supplies, and know where they are and how to access them during a power outage. Always have more than you think you will need, just to be on the safe side, and be sure to replenish the items you use after the power returns.

 

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