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5 Essential Items to Have on Hand Before a Power Outage

Mother Nature often wreaks havoc on neighborhoods without much notice, especially during hurricane season. While some people try to brave it out and wait til the last minute to head out to the store to purchase survival essentials, we highly recommend keeping your house stocked with the items below at all times. After all, you never know when the power will go out and it’s always best to be prepared before a severe storm hits:

  1. Batteries: we can’t tell you how important it is to have batteries stockpiled. You probably don’t realize how many items in your home actually run on batteries and some of the devices can be real lifesavers in the event of a storm.

  2. Chargers: you may be thinking, “how can I use a charger if the power is out” but there are plenty of alternative chargers out there that will work even when there is no electricity. Some portable charger models will give you 8-10 charges before they need to be recharged, depending on the device.

  3. Personal Care Items: you may not be able to shower if the power goes out, or at least not take a hot shower, so you’ll want to have some personal hygiene items within reach.

  4. Blankets: keep warm blankets on hand in case temperatures drop without warning. Lots of home heating systems run off of electricity so if the power goes out, there may not be a way to heat your home.

  5. Lighter: keeping extra non-perishable food in the house goes without saying, but it’s just as important to keep a few lighters around. If you have a gas stove, you can use a lighter to light the stove to cook food even if the power is out. This is especially convenient if local restaurants lose power, too.

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