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Weather the Storm

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Dealing with the weather isn’t always easy since we’re used to modern conveniences like electric stoves and video games. In fact, many people aren’t equipped to deal with things if they cannot turn on their TV or make dinner with an electric appliance.

With all of the storms blowing through the country and other natural disaster that affect our communities like floods, hurricanes and earthquakes, electricity will go out in some areas. If this happens, you don’t want to be cold, hungry and bored in a blackout, right?

Take a minute to jot down a few of our blackout tips so you’ll know how to take care of yourself during a storm and have a fun with your family too.

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Being prepared for a storm is one of the best things you can do to make your black out experience less difficult. In fact, if you get all the necessities, it'll be more like camping, then being stuck at home without electricity.

1.) Gather Essential Supplies

Having the right tools to help you through a storm are important. Owning flashlights, extra batteries, a battery powered or crank radio, food and snacks that do not need to be cooked or refrigerated and at least one gallon of water, are all necessities. Obviously, the more people there are in the house, the more of these supplies you'll need.

Now, you could stock up on candles, but some organizations like the American Red Cross discourage people from using candles to prevent fires. As long as your family is careful, using candles can supply some much needed light during a power outage.

2.) Get Organized

Communication: Before storm season hits, make sure you have a land line phone in your house that doesn't require electricity. Most cordless phones will not work in a power outage.

Transportation: Suggest that your parents always have a half of a tank of gas in cash a storm hits. Most gas stations cannot operate without electricity.Also, if you have a garage, make sure your parents know how to manually open and close your garage door.

Comfort & Entertainment:

If you live in a cold area make sure you have extra blankets available and always keep a stash of warm clothing to layer during a black out.

Video games are great, but they won't do much good if the power's out. Stock up on board games and cards so your family can stay entertained.

Maybe you could even put together a black out survival kit containing: pens, paper, a deck of cards, a flashlight, a bottle of water and a first aid kit.

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Follow these tips during a black out and you'll be safe and comfortable.

Follow these tips during a black out and you'll be safe and comfortable.

Layer Clothing Keeping warm is important to your comfort and health. Insulate your body with layers of clothes and blankets.

Keep Foods Cold Limit how many times you open your refrigerator and freezer so your food and drinks don't go bad while there is no power.

Minimize Flushing Some water pumps are electric. Try not to flush your toilet if it's not absolutely necessary.

Switch it Off Turn off all unnecessary appliances and electronics that were on when the power went out. This will prevent power surges when the electricity returns. Turn off all lights, except one to let you know when the electricity returns.

Heat If you do not have a heating source like a fireplace, wood burning stove or radiator, purchasing a gas furnace may be a good option. If none of these options work for you, close the curtains on your windows to keep the heat in.

Prevent Frozen Pipes While you need to conserve water during a power outage, it's a good idea to run a little bit of warm water mixed with cold water periodically to keep your pipes from freezing.

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There are many way to entertain yourself and your family even though you cannot use a TV, computer or anything else that requires electricity. Really. We swear.

Here are a few ideas:

  • Board Games: There are many games even your parents will love. You can play the classics like Monopoly, Scrabble, Life and Clue, or you can play newer games like Cranium.
  • Card Games: Playing Go Fish, Crazy Eights, Speed and other cards games are easy to play in low light with flash lights. If you want some variety, there are other games you can buy with cards. Uno and Apples to Apples are a great way to spend an evening.
  • Charades: Get everyone going with a fun game of charades. You can have everyone guessing are your silent gestures or pick teams.
  • Arts & Crafts: Haven't drawn in a while? Need to make a last minute gift for your friend's birthday? Now's the time!
  • Read a Book: Use your flashlight to snuggle up with a good book under the covers. You'll stay warm and entertained.
  • Tell Stories: Relate to your family in a fun way by sharing stories with each other.

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