How to prepare for the next power outage

London, ON, Canada / 106.9 The X

After the recent power outages, out in New Brunswick that lasted 12 days, it raises the question, what is it like to be without power for a number of days at a time, and what could potentially cause the power to go out for a long time.

There have been many major power outages in history like the Northeast blackout of 1965 which affected parts Ontario Connecticut, New Hampshire and New York. At that time, over 30 million people were left without electricity for up to 13 hours.

There are many different potential causes for power outages, both natural and physical. The weather plays a major role most power outages today.

In the short span of two centuries, electrical power has become an indispensable part of modern day life. Our work, leisure, healthcare, economy, and livelihood depend on a constant supply of electrical power. Even a temporary stoppage of power can lead to relative chaos, monetary setbacks, and possible loss of life.

Preparing for power outages can make a major difference when dealing with no power. Here are some tips to keep you safe when the power goes out:

  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
  • Purchase ice to help keep food cold during a temporary power outage.
  • Keep your car’s gas tank full-gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps.
  • Learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area.

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