Eight Items To Prepare For Wyoming's Next Power Outage | Big Horn Basin Media

Eight Items To Prepare For Wyoming’s Next Power Outage

Written by on May 24, 2023

Power outages in Wyoming can occur unexpectedly due to severe weather conditions, equipment failure, or other unforeseen circumstances. Being prepared for such situations is crucial to ensure the safety and comfort of you and your family. By having a few items on hand, you can minimize the impact of a power outage and get through it more comfortably. In my opinion, here are some important things to have in case of a power outage.

  1. Flashlights and Lanterns: Having a reliable source of light is important during a power outage. Invest in high-quality flashlights and battery-operated lanterns. Keep a supply of batteries stored in a readily accessible location. LED flashlights are energy-efficient and provide long-lasting illumination.
  2. Battery-Powered Radio: A battery-powered radio is an essential communication tool during a power outage. It allows you to stay updated on the latest news, weather updates, and emergency announcements. Ensure you have spare batteries for the radio as well.
  3. Portable Phone Charger: Maintaining communication with friends and family is crucial during a power outage. A portable phone charger can help keep your mobile devices charged and functional. Charge the power bank in advance, and keep it handy in case of emergencies.
  4. Non-Perishable Food and Water: Stock up on non-perishable food items that do not require refrigeration or cooking. Canned goods, granola bars, dried fruits, and nuts are excellent options. Ensure you have an ample supply of bottled water to last for several days.
  5. Manual Can Opener: If you rely on canned foods, a manual can opener is indispensable. Make sure you have one readily available, as electric can openers won’t be functional during a power outage.
  6. First Aid Kit: Keep a well-stocked first aid kit in your home. It should include essential items like bandages, pain relievers, and any necessary prescription medications. Also, familiarize yourself with basic first aid procedures.
  7. Warm Clothing and Blankets: Power outages can occur during colder months, especially out here in Wyoming, so having warm clothing and blankets is crucial. Keep an emergency supply of warm clothes, blankets, and sleeping bags to maintain body heat and prevent hypothermia.
  8. Backup Power Source: Consider investing in a backup power source, such as a generator. A generator can provide electricity for essential appliances.

Being prepared for a power outage can make a significant difference in how you and your family handle the situation. By having essential items such as flashlights, batteries, non-perishable food, and a communication plan in place, you can navigate through a power outage more comfortably and safely. Remember to periodically check and update your emergency supplies to ensure they are in good working order.

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