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Preparing for and Surviving a Power Outage


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We've all experienced them. We will again. They can happen on their own or as part of another problem such as storm, blizzard, earthquake, hurricane, tornado or cyber attack. How should you be prepared? What to do once it happens?

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Preparing for and Surviving a Power Outage

  1. 1. Preparing For and Surviving
  2. 2. Power Outage Causes Power outages can occur at any time for a variety of reasons. It’s not just downed power lines. The power grid is vulnerable to computer virus attack. Electricity is vulnerable to electro-magnetic pulse (EMP) from either a nuclear explosion or a solar flare. We’ll cover what to do before, during, and after an outage.
  3. 3. What to do before to prepare for a Power Outage It’s too late to prepare once the outage occurs. After every extended outage, most people list these following items as things they wished they had.
  4. 4. Keep a flashlight within reach of your bed. I recommend battery power for emergencies rather than rechargeable since you can’t recharge in an outage. Below is an inexpensive D-Battery light; and a single AAA light I keep in a sheath with my Leatherman Click on image. Flashlight & Spare Batteries
  5. 5. Battery powered lanterns. A battery powered headlamp so you can use your hands. Candles are dangerous. Light
  6. 6. • Do you know where the manual release on your garage door is and how to use it? •Don’t run your car in a close garage for heating, cooling, or to charge phones. •Always keep your car at least half topped off. Gas stations rely on electricity to pump. In an extended outage, a shortage of gasoline is always a factor. •If any of your medical devices require power, make sure you have a back up. Power Outage
  7. 7. If an outage is widespread, your pumping station might also lose power. Also, your heating and air conditioning are dependent on power. For an extended outage, you need enough water for at least three days. Minimum is one gallon per person, per day. Double that for warm climates. 8 average 500ml water bottles is just over one gallon. A case of water (24 bottles) is the minimum three days supply per person. I recommend two cases per person. WATER
  8. 8. Non-perishables for three days minimum. Food that doesn’t require refrigeration. Don’t have food that will make you thirsty. Plan for infants and special dietary requirements. Keep separate and out of normal food rotation. Note expiration dates. Click on image for a good supply from the company that made our Long Range Patrol meals in Special Forces. It’s what we have on hand and in our grab-n-go bags. Also good for camping. FOOD
  9. 9. I have a variety of ration bars (click on each for link): ER Bar Grizzly Bear Emergency Food Rations DaTrex 3600 Below are some before going into a ziplock bag and into my Jeep. FOOD
  10. 10. A small, portable stove is very useful, especially if you need power for your stove. Remember, your microwave will also be nonfunctional. I use the MSR Dragonfly for camping and my grab-n-go bag. Make sure you have plenty of fuel. Click on image. FOOD
  11. 11. Your TV and internet will be done. While you might have cell phone coverage, in a widespread outage, the cell phone towers won’t work. Know what the emergency broadcast stations are. Below is a hand crank radio/flashlight combo I have on hand and in all my grab-n-go bags. Click on image for link. Portable battery/hand crank radio.
  12. 12. You should have a First Aid kit as a matter of course. There are plenty of prepared ones you can buy. Below is one I have in my house and in my grab-n-go bags. Click on image for link. Make sure you have medications to last a week. Extra glasses, contacts, etc. First Aid Kit
  13. 13. I recommend adding some emergency quick-clot bandages to your first aid kit. I keep these in the kits and carry one on my bike. It’s been used and I can verify it works. First Aid Kit
  14. 14. When power is out ATMs won’t work Store computer systems will have crashed. It will be a cash environment for a while. Until it’s a Zombie environment. I’d have you click on image, but instead, go to your ATM now. CASH
  15. 15. While we’re all going cellular or wireless, a plugged in landline still works during a power outage. Landline
  16. 16. DURING a Power Outage
  17. 17. Shuffle away from downed lines, with your feet close together and in constant contact with the ground. When a live wire hits the ground, power goes in all directions. The voltage decreases with distance. Water is a powerful conductor of electricity, so stay away from wet spots. Never drive over a downed line. Even if it doesn’t have power, it can become entangled in your car. Downed Power Lines
  18. 18. Do you have a way to keep warm in cold weather or cool in hot weather without power? A fireplace? Do you use gas or propane for heating? Do you know how to manually start the pilot light if its an electric igniter? In either situation close all shades. Go lower for cool; a basement is best. Do not use gas grills inside. For heat, wear clothes in layers. Never use your oven as a source of heat. Heating and Cooling
  19. 19. Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. An unopened fridge will keep food closed for several hours. An unopened freezer that is full will keep for almost 48 hours. Food
  20. 20. Turn off or disconnect appliances and electric equipment that could be damaged by a power surge when the power comes back on. Disconnect and turn off
  21. 21. Generators are like car engines. The more power you draw from them, the faster they use fuel. Turn off all non-essential items drawing power. A portable generator must be vented. NEVER run one inside your house. Make sure the vent isn’t close to an intake in the house. Generators
  22. 22. AFTER a Power Outage
  23. 23. Throw away frozen food that has thawed or that has an unusual texture, odor, or color. Check with your doctor if medications have spoiled. Restock your emergency supplies. After
  24. 24. Print Book
  25. 25. The book on the left is how you prepare NOW. The book on the right, is your guide to surviving an emergency or catastrophe given you’ve prepared. The handbook in the center is a discounted, distilled version of both books with the most important basics - click on cover for any. Print Book
  26. 26. I highly recommend getting at least one print copy of the survival manual. During an emergency you can’t count on an eBook. It’s pocket-sized— shown next to my trusty, old Ranger Handbook. I keep one in the glove compartment of each car, in every Grab-n-Go bag and also give them as gifts— the gift of life. Click on image for print version Print Book
  27. 27. New York Times bestselling author, graduate of West Point, former Green Beret, and feeder of two yellow Labs, most famously Cool Gus. He’s had over seventy books published, including the #1 bestselling series Time Patrol, Area 51, Atlantis, and the Green Berets. Born in the Bronx and having traveled the world he now lives peacefully with his wife and labs. Sort of. Free book below available HERE