What to do during a long power cut
Any power cut can be a rather disruptive experience. However, when a power cut looks to last for several days or longer, there are things to keep in mind to ensure you handle it as best you can.
From keeping yourselves well-fed, to keeping yourself occupied and in touch with friends and family, here are some of the things you should do during a long power cut.
Using up your existing supplies
Though having a well-supplied store of emergency food is important, you don’t have to start making use of it straight away. Chilled food will stay cold for around four hours in an unopened fridge, while a freezer that’s lost its power will keep food at a safe temperature for closer to 48 hours.
This means you can use up a lot of the food you already have before needing to use your emergency food stores. Having alternative means of cooking available, such as a portable gas-powered stove, will also be great help when it comes to using up your refrigerated and frozen food.
Use electronics sparingly
Mobile phones, and laptops tethered to a mobile network, can be important for receiving updates on the power cut. They can also help you keep in touch with friends or family to let them know you’re safe. This is especially important if you live in quite an isolated area, possibly far away from other people.
You could keep two or three portable power banks to hand in order to keep important electronics charged, ready for when you need them. Battery-powered appliances, such as flashlights and radios, can help make a long power cut easier to bear too.
It’s also important to ensure that appliances currently plugged into your home mains are all switched off and unplugged. This helps to ensure that none of your appliances are damaged by unexpected and momentary power surges.
Find ways to pass the time
It can be a little jarring to go without power for a long period of time, especially if your pastimes require power – watching your favourite TV show each night, for example. With that in mind, it’s important to find ways to pass the time and keep yourself occupied.
During the day, you could go for walks to get some fresh air and get out of the house, or maybe go to a local park. If it’s a power cut caused by ongoing severe and dangerous weather, you could read books while sunlight permits it, or exercise to keep occupied. At night, you could play board games, by candlelight, with other residents of your house.
Replenishing after the power cut
Once the power comes back on, you should make sure you tally up everything that’s been used, recharge power banks and batteries, and make a note of any spoiled food that had to be disposed of.
This is important to know exactly what to replace to maintain a reasonable level of emergency provisions, such as enough food to last a full week or more. Although one emergency has passed, it’s always helpful to be ready and prepared for any other unexpected emergencies that might develop months down the line.
Helping to keep you stocked-up through every emergency
Having the right kind of food stocked up for an emergency is important. Not only does the right food help you stay filled with nutrition and keep you healthy, but familiar tastes and sweet treats can help keep morale up during longer emergencies.
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