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Prepare a "Power's Out Emergency Kit" This Winter

If you live in an area prone to severe winter weather, it’s a good idea to prepared for a winter power outage. Suddenly having to do without a steady supply of energy can be a scary and foreign prospect. Survival Mom author Lisa Bedford suggests putting together a “Power’s Out Emergency Kit” so that you and your family can stay safe and healthy during whatever Mother Nature throws your way.

ƒƒAssortment of light sources:
– Handheld flashlights
– Headlamps
– FlashLantern (available at
– Other battery-powered lanterns, LED preferred
– Light sticks
– Coleman lanterns with fuel
– Candles
– Oil lamps
ƒƒExtra set of batteries for each light source
ƒƒManual can opener
ƒƒAt least 3–4 days’ worth of food that doesn’t require heating or refrigerating. If you live in an area prone to frequent power outages, hurricanes, tornadoes, or blizzards, have additional food on hand.
ƒƒFood thermometer to check the temperature inside the fridge. If the temperature is 40°F or higher for more than two hours, the food may not be safe for consumption. Throw it out to be on the safe side.
ƒMatches, a lighter, or another fire starter
ƒƒBattery-powered or wind-up clock
ƒƒCell phone charger that plugs into your car
ƒƒFirst-aid kit
ƒƒSmall rocket stove with fuel
ƒƒRead-aloud books
ƒƒDeck of cards
ƒƒColoring books and fresh, new crayons
ƒƒHand sanitizer
ƒƒHand-crank weather radio with extra batteries
ƒƒHand tools: pliers, screwdrivers, and a multipurpose tool
ƒƒSturdy pocketknife
ƒƒBattery-powered fan, or two, with extra batteries
ƒƒPhone number for the power company
ƒƒList of appliances and electronics that should be unplugged. When
the power resumes, they could be damaged by a power surge.

Know where to find:
ƒƒSleeping bags, camp stove, and fuel
ƒƒTent, in case it’s too hot to sleep inside the house
ƒƒEnough stored water to last 2 weeks
ƒƒFirearm, if you own one, and ammunition
ƒƒExtra blankets
ƒƒFirewood and tinder
ƒƒExtra fuel for a generator or a cook stove
ƒƒBoard games
ƒƒCooler or ice chest for storing food or medication that must be kept cold. If the power outage lasts more than 48 hours, put these items in the cooler and surround with ice.

For more tips on preparing your family for any situation, visit the The Survival Mom Lisa Bedford’s website and learn more about her book at


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