Following is the next installment to help you prepare for the unexpected event that leaves you without electricity in your home.
One of the ways to ensure you have everything you need (and you know where all of the items are stored!) before an actual emergency arises is to do a dry run.
Deem an evening to be disaster night at your house, and try to go without electricity for 4-5 hours, preferably 5-10 p.m. The first thing you’ll notice is how DARK your home is without the ambient light from your DVR, microwave, toothbrush, computer, and outside streetlights.
Adequate lighting can take away the shadows and also help you to feel more calm. Stock up on emergency lighting sources including flashlights, candles, camping lanterns, and flameless (battery-powered) candles. To complement your emergency lighting, make sure you have plenty of batteries, matches, and lighters on hand to power your lights.