Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Preparedness: Power Outage Action Plan

In her post titled Preparedness and Pantries, Your Emergency Action Plan, Annabel talks about having an emergency action plan to impliment in the event that you have warning of a possible power outage due to storms, etc.

After reading her post I decided that I needed to get my plan on paper and post it where it would be easily accessable.  In an emergency situaiton, we don't always think of everything that needs to be done.  By have a written plan and knowing where to look for it, it will be easier not to forget something that needs to be done.

Here's my written plan ...

Power Outage Plan

At the First Warning or as soon as you realize there is a threat …

Make a list and grocery shop

Do laundry 

Turn the temperature of fridge down a bit lower

Fill every gap in the freezer with bottles of water. (This will help keep frozen items froze longer and can also be placed in fridge to help keep items in it cool longer as well.)

Fill vehicles with gas

Check propane tanks and refill if necessary

Fill prescriptions if needed

Secure things outside

Fully charge everything... phones, iPad, Kindle, computer, etc.

Fill gas cans  

Fill water cans/bottles

Fill up every available empty milk jug, soda bottle, juice jug, etc with water

Check and restock bottled water

Hours Before

Get out flashlights, candles, etc.

Set up generator so it's ready for use

Cook next meal and as much non perishable/non refrigerated foods as possible

Get bath, wash and dry hair if time permits

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Do you have an emergency action plan? What does yours look like?

She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

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  1. Patsy if we have storm surge warnings then sand bagging around our doors(double glass sliding doors) is something we will include. If there is a cyclone we also need to get all pot plants and hanging pots away in the shed. The outside tables and chairs need to be put away as well. These outside objects can become dangerous flying objects very quickly. Medications, first aid box and doggy needs also to be added to the list.

    1. Jane Allan, there was alot of sand bagging in our area during Hurricane Matthew as well and you're right outside things need to be secured as they will most definitely become dangerous flying objects.

  2. As I follow Annabel's blog mine is very similar, except we don't have a generator as yet.

  3. Hi Patsy,
    I hope all is well. I have gone off Facebook for a while. I find that it has become ugly. Not your class but everyone else. I hope that you have a great class. I wish I would have used my junk Facebook to join the class. Have a blessed week.

    1. Patti, Facebook has become a place of ugliness and it is so sad. I have chosen not to join in any of the conversations or react to any of the reports. In our class any political talk or topic at all is forbidden, it will mean immediate removal from the class. The class is going really well as we have actually started our imaginary disaster. We all are learning from each other in our unique situations. Enjoy your time away from FB, maybe things will get better soon.

  4. Your preparedness list is awesome. It's a good idea to write it down as you have; things might get forgotten in the excitement of the moment.

    I have considered going off of Facebook myself due to some of the meanness of the posts. I've had to block feeds from several people whom I really would like to keep up with, but their politcal posts just upset me. I had added a few back after the election, but they haven't quit saying ugly things.

    1. Chipmunk, thank you, everyone's preparedness list will be different but I do believe that everyone can benefit from having one!

      It is sad how much disension is occurring on Facebook.

  5. I would just add that if you have time, it might be a good idea to check on your elderly neighbors and make sure they are prepared. They may need some help getting ready. Make sure they have a fully charged cell phone so they can call for help if needed.


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