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Power Outage Survival Kit

Don't just assume that you are going to be able to drive when it comes to a bug out. Wheeled carts and luggage will make a walking bug out much easier. JanSport All Terra? Gear Logic Wheeled Travel Bag

Have one in your bug out bag, backpack and emergency medical bag. I do. Coghlan's Emergency Thermal Blanket

Know what's going on in the area. Get the news. Emergency Radios

The 2007 Oklahoma ice storm demonstrates the importance of being ready for surviving a power outage.

Warm clothes, blankets, food, water, medicine...

Your power outage survival kit should contain the following items:

  1. Light – lantern, flashlight, candles or light sticks
  2. Batteries
  3. Tools – a multi-tool, utility knife, utility lighter and duct tape
  4. Fire extinguisher
  5. First aid kit
  6. A generator and extension cords – only use the generator outdoors
  7. Either a corded land-line phone or a crank charger for your cell phone.
  8. Radio – battery operated or crank style
  9. Portable heater – only use in well-ventilated space per manufacturer’s instructions
  10. Fuel for heating and cooking. Don’t bring outdoor grills into the house!

Power Outage Survival Kit

Other items that should be available in your home's power outage survival kit: weather-appropriate clothes, blankets and pillows, ready-to-eat canned or pouch food, manual can opener, bottled water, and pet food, prescription medications, and baby supplies (if appropriate).

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The best tool for power blackout survival is a clear head. Keep calm and don’t take unnecessary risks with heating and cooking devices, and be ready to move to another location is the power outage is going to be long-term.

Note: If power outages are fairly frequent in your area, consider purchasing a gasoline generator.

Don't Just Plan for Short-term Power Outages

For situations where power outages are long-term or where grid connection is not possible, there are a multitude of devices that can provide power. There are the new cranking battery chargers, radios, cell phone chargers and lights.

Note: A good solar-powered battery charger is a great addition to your power-outage survival kit.

There are a wide variety of solar-powered devices that harnass the power of the sun, such as: battery chargers, water pumps and solar lights. Wind, water and solar-power can make long-term power outage survival less uncomfortable.

There are a number of other items that you may want to consider adding to your power outage survival kit.

Additional Information

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DIY Solar Battery Charger To build a do-it-yourself DIY solar battery charger you will need to solder the wire.

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Solar Heater A solar heater is created by collecting the heat generated by the sun and using it to heat a building.

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