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Electricity-Dependent: Don’t Be Caught in the Dark

You’re sitting here reading this article on your computer, while your television plays in the background, sipping the hot coffee you just grabbed from your coffeemaker… and then, without warning, the power goes out. In our lifetimes, we will be subjected to power outages, whether they’re from a natural disaster or a rolling blackout. (People living on the East Coast can attest to this, after struggling, some as long as a week, with a power loss from storms this summer.) Technology has allowed us to innovate and build everything smaller, faster, and at a lower cost, but it’s still susceptible to nature’s whims.

New products enter the market almost every day to meet a perceived need while, at the same time, making us more and more dependent upon electrical power. If you think about it, even the cordless phones you use in your home need electricity to work.

As this demand for electricity has grown, it has put more stress on the production, transmission, and distribution of power in the United States. Weather isn’t the only threat to your electrical well-being; cyber terrorism is a real and present threat to the power system. Also, as the need for power continues to exponentially increase, the power grid itself runs the risk of equipment failures or human error.

When the power goes out, you never know when it will be up and running again. Depending upon the severity of what caused it to go out to begin with, you may be out of power for days or even weeks. In the case of a power outage, here are five steps you and your family can take to be prepared:

1. Take a good look around.

You need to take stock of all of the items in your home that use power that you couldn’t live without. Is it the furnace, air conditioner, well for water, refrigerator, or even an oxygen machine that you need on a daily basis to survive? In addition to the big picture, look at the small appliances around your house that require power: your alarm clock, water heater, cell phone, landline, and radio.

2. Place a value on your food.

Consider the items in your refrigerator and freezer, as well as how long these appliances will be able to keep perishable items cold. You should have a supply of nonperishable food that will ideally last you a week or more. Did you know a grocery store typically has only three days’ worth of items on its shelves? If they aren’t able to restock their shelves, where does that leave you?

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Posted by: Guest Contributor on October 5th, 2012 under Guest Bloggers


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