From common events like weather conditions or a down power line to rare events like solar flares or EMP the power can and will go out at some point. The question is; for how long, and are you prepared for it?
The most common causes of power outages include:
· Severe weather, such as high winds, ice storms, hurricanes or tornadoes.
· Trees or branches that fall and damage powerlines.
· Equipment failure due to age or overload.
· Automated control system failures.
· Animals, such as birds or squirrels, coming into contact with power lines.
· Construction projects that damage power lines.
· Electrical grid overloads due to increased demand.
· Human error or malicious activity.
The basic supplies everyone should have handy for a power outage include:
· Candles and matches
· Portable phone chargers
· Non-perishable food and water
· Battery-powered radio
· Portable generator
· First Aid kit
· Warm clothing and blankets