How to Prepare for Power Outages
We recently had a snow storm unlike one we’ve seen in at least a couple of decades. In addition to over a foot of snow, we also had sleet and rain—a combination which caused power outages throughout Burke County and the surrounding communities. Storms often cause power outages, but many people are unprepared. If a storm is expected to hit through the area again, here are a few ways you can prepare for a potential power outage.
- Purchase flashlights or candles. Once it turns dark, you’re going to need a light source. While your phone works, it’s better to have a dedicated flashlight so you don’t drain your phone’s battery. A candle also works, but it poses a potential fire hazard if it is not handled appropriately.
- Stock up on non-perishable food. If you don’t have power, you likely don’t have a way to store or heat cold food. That’s why it’s important to have food items that can both be eaten and stored without power.
- Get a power bank for your phone. For many people, your phone is an essential communication tool. It’s even more important when you don’t have power—it’s likely you still have service so you can connect with emergency services and get updates. But over time, their batteries will drain, so it’s a good idea to get a power bank so you can recharge your phone!
Power outages can be a nuisance, but with a little bit of preparation, you can pass the time and get through the situation. If your home sustains damage, though, SERVPRO of Burke County is here to help! You can call us at (828) 874-0966!