A power outage is the sudden failure of a portion of, or all of a power grid due to some certain circumstance or natural disaster like a tornado, hurricane etc. A power outage is not restricted to a certain geographical location and can be experienced in every part of the country and the world.
It is important to be prepared for an electrical outage so you are not negatively affected during or after it. There are a number of things you can do to be prepared. Below are some simple suggestions and tips how to be best prepared for an unexpected outage:
Get electricity backup
If you can afford to buy a generator, this is the best alternative during a power outage. A generator can be used to power a handful of mission critical components in your home OR, if you are willing to invest more money, you can power your entire home if the power grid is down. To be prepared for the outage, it is best to invest time to know how to properly use it by reading the owner's manual (because they produce carbon monoxide that’s very poisonous). In addition to this, most generators are either fueled by gasoline, solar or propane. Further, know the capabilities of the unit you are purchasing. It might be a good idea to discuss electrical requirements with a licensed electrician so you know your options based on your budget or needs.
Make provision for emergency supplies
Another important thing you have to get before the power outage is things you can never do without. Supplies like:
Food: It’s always good to be prepared by making provision for non-perishable and non-refrigerated foods. Having a gas stove is the best solution because you can run it without electricity. Have a good stockpile of non-perishable food and a gas stove and you can eat a hot meal by candlelight. Not a bad idea actually !!!
Get some bottled water: we know that when the power grid is down (especially lengthy one), it will affect the city purification system, which can get the water polluted and unsafe for drinking. For this reason, people in the affected areas are advised to have bottled water on hand or even a high quality water filtration system. You can buy a good system like made by Katadyn on Amazon for under $100 that can purify up to 300 gallons of water.
Miscellaneous supplies: These alternative things can be used during an outage. Devices like flashlights, radios, candles and batteries are very important and can keep you safe and updated about improvement and things to do. Also, it’s very important to have some cash on hand so that you’ll be able to carry out important transactions since all financial institutions will be unavailable.
Another great suggestion would be to consider have a small solar system. You definitely want to talk with an electrician in Albany, especially with the fact that it can be excessively cloudy and you need enough backup electricity to power the priority items. A simple system that can power a refrigerator and your cell phones could be had for a few hundred dollars.
These are a few basic tips you can follow to remain safe before, during and after a power outage.