(Courtesy of yp.ca) Severe weather conditions can lead to unexpected power failures. Learn more about what you can do to prepare your family for a power failure.
Power failures can leave you and your family without heating or air conditioning, electricity, hot water, or even running water. This can make life at home difficult or even unbearable. Here are a few simple steps you can take to lessen the effects of a power failure:
Learn what to do before, during, and after an emergency: Pay attention to what news broadcasts are saying before severe weather hits. You can learn what your family will be up against and be able to prepare accordingly. Know the risks and hazards your community or region may face during an emergency scenario that could cause power failures.
Create an emergency plan for your family: Let everyone know what to do and where to go in case of an emergency. Unfortunately, your family might not all be together during a power failure. Discuss what to do if you’re at home, school, or work during an emergency. Write down the plan and practise it with the entire family at least once a year.
Put together an emergency kit with basic supplies: Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours during a power failure. Your kit should include water, non-perishable foods, flash lights, batteries, a first aid kit, cash in small bills, and any necessary medications. Keep your kit in a duffel bag or backpack stored in an easy-to-reach place.
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