Prepare For The Worst: Where Will Your Energy Come From?
by Cory Patton
November 16, 2013
The U.S. recession of 2008 created insecurities and unease across the country. Suddenly people had to worry about losing jobs, not being able to make mortgage payments, the rising price of groceries, and energy concerns like natural gas prices. Many started looking at how to survive if disaster hit their town or state. Preparing to be able to take care of a family during a disaster includes concerns about generating energy.
Prepare a Power Failure Kit
Part of good disaster preparation is gathering supplies to generate energy to be safe and comfortable in case of a power failure. Find a sturdy, waterproof box that you can keep in an easily accessible location you can find in the dark.
Stock your power failure kit with the following items:
Flashlights, spotlight lanterns, and wearable lights such as lapel lights, shirt lights, and helmets lanterns (solar light products are best)
Candles and matches sealed in plastic bags
Stockpile of fireplace logs and kindling
Fresh batteries in various sizes, as well as rechargeable batteries and battery charger
Battery-powered and hand-crank radios
First aid kit
Blankets and clothes like sweatshirts and sweat pants
Camp stove and fuel and/or solar cooker
Emergency food and water