Food And WaterHomeowners should make certain they have enough food and water to last for one week. Canned food, beans, pasta, and other non-perishables can be stored indefinitely, and most items will not need to be cooked in order to be consumed. Bottled water should be available in case municipal water supplies or private wells have been contaminated.
Emergency SuppliesBlankets, warm clothing, and medical supplies should be readily available. It's always wise to invest in a complete first aid kit that is only meant for emergency situations. Keeping a smaller kit handy for day to day use will ensure that there are always supplies available for emergencies.
Emergency GeneratorIf budget allows, an emergency generator can solve a host of problems. Emergency generators in Columbus will provide electricity that will keep food refrigerated, keep the home warm, and keep devices like cell phones charged even if the power is down in the rest of the city. Experts from Bob Waibel & Son Electric Co encourage homeowners to make certain a generator is wired properly. Wiring a generator incorrectly may result in injury or death to technicians who may be trying to service outside power lines.
LightingIn the event there is no power at all, flashlights, glow-sticks, and candles should be available. While at least one flashlight should be ready in case of a power outage, additional flashlights and batteries should be kept separate from one another, until they are needed.
CommunicationWhen landlines are not available, make certain to have a fully-charged cell phone ready at all times. When there is no power available, always have a plugin charger that can be used in an available automobile. Battery operated radios will also help to stay informed about local developments.
Woodstove and BBQIn homes that have a woodstove available, it's important to make sure there is enough dry firewood to last at least one full week. A small, portable barbeque grill is also handy for heating water and cooking food when necessary. Grills powered by propane are preferred, since wood and charcoal may become wet and ineffective.
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