You’re all cozied up on the couch to ride out the storm when suddenly – you’re immersed in darkness. The power has been knocked out, and now you’re bumping into side tables and doorframes! Luckily, if you’ve check out our list below, you’re already prepared, flashlight and food supplies at the ready!

Keep these supplies packed and in a place easily accessible in your home:

  • Flashlight – keep multiple flashlights or matches close, or in a specified place in your house.
  • Extra batteries – these can be used in flashlights and radios. Have a pack that you keep unopened and tucked away just for emergencies.
  • Battery-powered radio – include a battery-powered radio so you can listen to any news that may be broadcasted.
  • Food & Water – store enough non-perishable food and bottled water for 3-5 days per person. Include utensils such as plastic ware and plates.
  • Medication – gather any prescriptions you may need over the course of a week.
  • Blankets – gather pillows and multiple blankets to keep warm and comfortable.
  • Infant supplies – gather supplies needed to care for young children including wipes, diapers and formula.
  • Pet supplies – include a supply of food and any medications your pet may need.
  • First aid kit – have a fully stocked emergency first-aid kit.
  • Emergency tools – objects that may be useful during a storm include a fire extinguisher, scissors, a whistle, etc.
  • Money – if you have time in advance, take out cash from your account to have in hand, or keep checks available. Sometimes stores lose power also, but you can usually still purchase emergency items with cash.
  • Local maps – include maps of your neighborhood and evacuation plans.

With these tips, and a couple of board games, you’ll be more than prepared to wait it out!

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