The amazing thing about power is that it’s now virtually everywhere, so much so that we seldom notice it. Walk into any room and you’ll naturally expect to throw a swith and the lights will come on.
The thing is, blackouts are so infrequent nowadays that not many people, including preppers, really know how to prepare your home for a black.
You can’t imagine that just a few decades ago, Americans have to depend on the good old illuminating sources like oil lamps and candles just to survive daily.
The scary thing is that blackouts is not a question of If’s but when it’s going to happen in the event a SHTF event were to happen. Check out the 3 simple things you can do today.
How To Prepare Your Home For A Blackout
Preparing your home for a blackout is nothing more than some common sense coupled with the urgency to see the need to do so. Here are 3 simple ways that you can prep your home for a blackout:
1. Have a Blackout Box ready
It doesn’t have to be some fancy ones that are sold at a prepper’s specialty store. A blackout box is simply a container that holds all the items that is needed in the event of a blackout. Here are some of the things you might need for a blackout.
- An extra set of house and car keys
- Extra cash
- Flashlights and extra batteries
- Extra mil-spec glow sticks (these are EMP-proof)
- Fire starting supplies (so you can start the grill, propane stove, or outdoor fire for cooking)
- Small fire extinguisher
- Fully charged cell phone battery
- Cell phone charger for your car (you may be able to charge your cell this way in a blackout)
- Written list of phone numbers and contact info for nearby relatives
- Instructions or manuals for lanterns and other non-electric equipment
- Tools needed to shut off utilities
- Emergency weather radio (with dual power options such as hand crank or solar power)
- First aid kit
2. Have a Power Prep Checklist
Have a Power Prep checklist to run through on a daily basis the items which draws power that need attention. You’ll be surprise just how much comfort it will bring you by doing this simple checklist.
- Replace the battery in your alarm clock regularly so it will work even in an outage.
- Charge your cell phone any time the battery life drops below 50% to increase the likelihood that it will be fully charged when a blackout occurs.
- Consider buying a portable or even a full-sized home generator that you can rely on in many other emergencies as well.
- Include a small folding solar panel setup in your BOB and research ways to at least install a solar power system as a backup to prep your home for blackouts.
- Store a fully charged portable power bank to power your cell phone and other electronics.
3. Lighting Preps
Most people prepare for a blackout by stocking up on battery powered flashlights and candles or lanterns. These are both good options to have on hand. I definitely recommend you keep at least one or two high-quality tactical flashlights in your home ready to use at any time. But those of you with children and grandchildren will understand the struggle over having a working flashlight AND batteries when you need them.
One of my favorite things to have on hand in blackout is several hand crank flashlights. These never need batteries and provide light via three bright LED bulbs. Unless the hand breaks, it’s going to provide bright light with minimal effort. My Energizer Carabiner hand crank flashlights have been on hand three years now without fail.
I’ve yet to pick one up, crank the handle, press the button and be without light. If the light is weak then I crank it a few times as I head down the hall or wherever I’m going and I have great light. The kids and grandkids can operate them safely and thus far they have proven to be indestructible.
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