1. Flashlights and extra batteries:
Having flashlights on hand is an essential part of any power outage emergency kit, as it allows you to have light in dark areas. Be sure to include a few spare sets of batteries so you don’t run out before the power is restored.
2. Portable phone chargers:
In case your phone dies during a long power outage, having a portable charger can help keep you connected with family and friends.
3. Non-perishable food items:
Having non-perishable food items such as canned goods or MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) can be helpful if you are unable to cook any meals due to a lack of electricity.
4. Bottled water:
Keeping a few gallons of bottled water on hand can be important in case your tap water is not potable.
5. Blankets and extra clothing:
Have some spare blankets and clothes in the kit so you can stay warm if there’s no power to run your heaters or air conditioner.
6. First-aid supplies:
Having a basic first-aid kit with items such as bandages, antiseptic wipes, gauze, etc., can help you deal with minor injuries during a power outage.
7. Battery-powered radio:
Keep informed about the status of the power outage with a battery-powered radio that does not require electricity to work.
8. Candles and matches:
Candles are great to have on hand for light in dark areas. Be sure to keep matches handy as well, so you can safely light the candles.
9. Pet supplies:
If you have pets, be sure to include some food and water for them in your kit, as well as a few toys or treats to make them comfortable during the outage.
In case ATMs are not working due to the power outage, having cash on hand can help you make purchases if needed.
11. Whistle or another signaling device:
A whistle or signal flare can be useful if you need to call for help during an emergency.