In today’s society, people have integrated power into every part of their daily lives. Prolonged power outages can severally compromise your ability to heat your home, cook and perform other necessary functions, if you are not prepared.
In most cases, power outages are of short duration; however they sometimes can last days or even weeks. Power outages can be caused by freezing rain, sleet, and/or high winds which damage power lines and equipment. Extended periods of cold or hot weather can also overload the electric power system.
There are many challenges you may have to face during a power outage. It can leave you without heating, air conditioning, lighting, hot water, or even running water. It can result in cold, damp homes, severe living conditions and damage to walls, floors and plumbing. If you only have access to a cordless telephone in your home, you will also be left without that important service. If you don’t have a battery powered or crank radio, you may have no way of monitoring news broadcasts.
It is important for you and your family to be prepared to cope on your own during a power outage for at least 72 hours. This can greatly lessen the impact of a power outage by taking the time to prepare in advance.