Suggestions to Help You Prepare for Storm Power Outages

How to prepare for power outages caused by storms.

As summer comes to an end, it’s not uncommon to experience late-summer storms.  Unfortunately, these storm conditions can cause inconvenient power outages.  To ensure that you are ready for this situation, try out these suggestions to prepare for power outages caused by storms.

  • Have a flashlight and spare batteries on hand– During a power outage, you don’t want to drain your phone battery by using it as a flashlight. Additionally, you probably do not want to carry around candles and rely on the dim light they produce.  This is why you should keep durable flashlights in strategic parts of your home.  This way, you can easily find a flashlight during a power outage.  If you want to go the extra mile, make sure you keep a set of fresh batteries with every flashlight to ensure that you have light for an extended period of time.
  • Get a portable radio– During a power outage, you cannot use your television or rely on the internet for updates. This is why you have to go old school and use a radio to receive weather updates and news on changing safety conditions.  So, make sure you get a portable radio now and learn how to work it so you can use it during an emergency situation.
  • Have spare phone chargers– During a power outage, you will not be able to place calls with your landline. However, calls made from your cell phone will still go through.  To ensure that you have a reliable source of contact, make sure that you have portable chargers ready for your phone.  During the power outage, try to use your phone as sparingly as possible to preserve its battery.
  • Store food and water rations– There’s no predicting how long a power outage will last. This is why it’s so important to prepare for the worst.  By stockpiling a reserve of freshwater and nonperishable foods, you can ensure that you and your family remain nourished.  Before breaking into your emergency food supply, try eating out of your refrigerator and freezer.  This will cut down on the amount of food you end up wasting.

These are some of the things that you can do to prepare for power outages caused by storms.  Want another way to be prepared for anything?  Then make sure you have the right homeowners insurance protections in place.  For assistance with your home coverage, contact Mike Leonard Insurance Agency.  Our dedicated team is eager to find you the right coverage from one of our many carriers including: Kemper, MetLife, Nationwide, Travelers, The Hartford, Safeco Insurance, Progressive, and American Strategic Insurance.