Don’t let a blackout catch you off-guard! With storm season fast approaching, we’ve done the research to find out exactly what you should include in your blackout kit. From torches and spare batteries to documents, snacks and a radio, read on for all you need to know about preparing an emergency blackout kit.
It’s common sense that no blackout kit is complete without back-up lighting. This can include anything from wind-up and battery operated torches, to candles, lanterns and lightsticks.
Be sure to pack a battery-powered, or wind-up radio, in your blackout kit. This will help you keep up-to-date with the latest local information, including weather updates and news.
#3 A First Aid Kit
A fully stocked first-aid kit and manual is essential to any blackout kit—after all, nobody wants to go searching for a Band-Aid in the pitch black.
#4 Power Bank
Having a well-charged mobile phone is a necessity for any blackout. With this in mind, invest in a power bank. These great inventions will give your mobile phone up to a day’s worth of battery power. They are a great addition for any blackout kit.
#5 Basic Tools & Supplies
In case of an emergency, it’s a good idea to stow away a few basic tools and supplies such as duct tape, plastic sheeting and a penknife. These tools could make the difference between a sealed window and a gushing waterhole.
Ensure there are no hungry bellies during a power outage by packing a healthy supply of simple snacks and easy-to-open foods such as juice boxes, chips and fruit packs.
Keep the kids entertained during a power outage, by packing a few simple games! For some easy ideas that require little-to-no equipment, read our article ‘blackout boredom busters‘!
#8 Spare Batteries
With batteries being an easily accessible source of back-up power, you want to make sure you have a plentiful supply of them in your blackout kit.
If you’re without battery-operated appliances, be sure you have a pack of matches in your blackout kit. These can help you light candles in order to create a valuable light source, as well as start up gas-operated stoves.
#10 Important Documents
Blackout kits are a great place to keep all your important documents, including passports, wills, insurance policies, birth certificates and much more. Make sure all items are packed within a sealed plastic bag, and kept within arm’s reach.
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