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Top 10 Ways To Prepare For A Power Outage

Updated on October 29, 2014

How To Be Prepared For A Blackout!


Whether it's Summer: Hurricane & Tornado Season, Winter: Blizzards & Ice Storms, Earthquakes, Wildfires, A Zombie Apocalypse, or any other time of the year.....The power can go out!

Here's a Top 10 List of things to have, in case the power goes out. This article highlights the most important items you should own, so you're not left in the dark and without the means. Survival is the key! Rations & Supplies! The important & relevant info needed! *This page is overflowing with the top 10 items you'll need, as well as some other optional items. There are also a lot of very detailed pointers as it pertains to emergency situations.



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*Winter is almost upon us... Snow covered branches taking out powerlines, Ice storms and Blizzard conditions keeping us indoors are only a few reason to be prepared for a possible blackout...

Grab a piece of paper(if you want) and make a checklist for yourself of what items you need and what you already have, while you read through this page....

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Make A List of What You Have & What You Need!

#1. Batteries

AmazonBasics AA NiMH Precharged Rechargeable Batteries
AmazonBasics AA NiMH Precharged Rechargeable Batteries

#1.Batteries.

The absolute essential juice for your electronics!

You should always have a nice surplus of batteries on hand. Batteries of every kind.

Double AA's, Triple AAA's, C's, D's, 9 Volts & in some cases, watch batteries. The majority of emergency electronics use these types of batteries. You're less likely going to need 9 volts & watch batteries. My only need for 9 Volt batteries are for my smoke & carbon monoxide alarms. Watch batteries are generally used, more so, in hearing aids and you guessed it.....watches.

Next up: Some items that use batteries........

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Batteries

No Batteries = No Power = No Fun!

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#2. Light

#2. Light

Whether or not the power goes out in the daytime or nighttime, it's best to be prepared if the power is still out at night! We need light, that's what sets us apart from the savages. The caveman days are over! Flashlights & Candles are your best bet for light sources.....

Flashlights

*That's a picture of the majority of the flashlights that I own(minus a few). If you'd like to know more about the flashlights that I own and recommend, here is another article I put together: My Top 5 Favorite Flashlights & Why I Love 'Em!

Flashlights are the safest approach to supplying light. Rather than using flame, like candles do, you're using batteries. You need to make sure your flashlights are LED as to not consume all your batteries that you have in surplus. Not only should they be LED's because they're long lasting in regards to their bulbs & battery life. But also because of their quality of light, nice and bright. As I said before, flashlights are better than candles because of safety concerns. You're not going to burn your house down with a flashlight.

*I always carry a flashlight with me when it's nighttime or even when it's close to being dark out. It's always in my pocket. It's definitely come in handy a number of times when the power goes out. People are always shocked when I have my flashlight ready so quick.

The best flashlight to have in your arsenal is a headlamp. Most importantly because you can see where you're going and you can have both hands free and still see what you're doing in low light or no light situations.

This is the headlamp I own and use on a regular basis:

Streamlight 61052 Septor LED Headlamp with Strap

It's water resistant, takes 3 AAA's(Which come with it) and is extremely functional.

Rayovac SE3DLNACOM Sportsman 240 Lumen 3D LED Lantern, Green
Rayovac SE3DLNACOM Sportsman 240 Lumen 3D LED Lantern, Green

This is the best LED Lantern on the market, hands down!

 

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Candles - Flame & Flameless Candles

Candles are cheaper than flashlights. You could buy more candles, for less, than you could buy flashlights & batteries. You should obviously exercise caution when using candles. Make sure you turn them off when you call it a night. Also you'll need to buy matches or lighters to use your candles.

If you're worried about the dangers of having a candle running by means fire, then you might want to get some great long lasting flameless candles. Flameless candles are widely popular and are constantly being made better, to last longer, using even solar power to run them on top of battery powered ones. They even make scented flameless candles.

Flameless Candles On Amazon

Still don't know what flameless candles are? Check them out and you'll see why flames are out!

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Matches & Lighters

You'll need matches &/or lighters for your candles or for your cooking needs, to light your stove if it uses electricity to spark the gas. So make sure you have some matches or a lighter.

You're best bet with a lighter is to try to get one of those long ones in case you can't reach your hand inside a glass jar that holds your candle. As well as to reach any other small, narrow areas to light something and to not burn your fingers doing so.

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Matches & Lighters

Since the beginning of time.... Man has needed fire to survive!

#3. Radios

#3. Radios

There are 3 different types of radios you should have in your supply arsenal.:

A. Weather Radio:

Maybe the power went out due to a storm. In which case there could be more coming.

So you'd better listen to see what's on the horizon.

B. Fire/Police/EMS Scanner:

Buying a scanner would be a wise investment also. You can listen to your local emergency stations to hear the progress of downed power lines or other emergencies that could be happening. There are plenty of websites online to get all the frequencies you'll need, to enter into your new scanner. You could even see about getting a CB Radio so you can communicate with other people that have one as well. I own a Bearcat Uniden BC-95XLT 200 Channel Portable Scanner. They don't sell it anymore, they have a newer version because I bought mine back in 2006-7.

C. Regular AM/FM Radio:

Use the regular radio for entertainment purposes. Also local tv stations sometimes have their own channel/frequency. So you can listen to the local news and weather as well as some tv shows that are playing. lol You'll be listening to a show like the generations before us used to. When they used to listen to radio shows when there were no tv's.

*Here's a highly rated emergency weather radio, as well as regular radio. It can be powered by solar, hand crank, from your computer by means of USB or plugged into the wall. It can also charge your cellphone and has a built in flashlight: The Perfect Emergency Radio

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Police/Fire/EMS Scanners

The police, fire & ems are on the frontlines of emergencies! You might want to hear what's going on with a scanner. I listen to my scanner a lot and I especially turn it on when the sirens in town start wailing!

Did you know that when a siren goes off, generally, the amount of times it keeps going, represents how dangerous a situation is, that requires more serious notice.

Police Scanners On Ebay

Ebay is a good place to check for scanners but also be careful, some scanners can't be owned, don't buy an illegal one. Also, you could try getting a CB.

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Portable Radios

Radios are becoming more and more portable but not many people have thought about getting one before an emergency strikes.

#4. Emergency Generator

#4. Emergency Generator:

Why worry about needing a lot of batteries and the loss of power, when you can hunker in your bunker, in style. Less need for candles or flashlights. Buy some extra long cords so you can hook up your (faraway) top electronics. There are so many portable generators on the market today, to choose from. Their designs and functionality are constantly getting better. They make some quieter ones now! Companies keep making progress in lowering sound pollution, so try and look for a quiet one.

***Warning!***

Generators give off a lot of carbon monoxide, due to the fact that they consume gas to supply power. It's the same principle as a car sitting inside your garage with a running engine, a garage that is located inside your house. It's deadly to have a generator running inside your house! You should definitely have it running outside!

If for some chance you decide to have it running inside your house, then you'd better make sure all the windows and doors are open - you need sufficient air flow & circulation. It doesn't take long for the hazardous gas to build up and cause dizzyness, fatigue & light-headedness....the last stage is passing out & inevitably, death! I would strongly advise against running it inside your house or basement.

Too many people die from carbon monoxide! Make sure your alarms are working, test them once a month, or be extra diligent and test them every 2 weeks.

That smoke & carbon monoxide detector is great because it plugs into the wall socket to provide it with electricity. It also takes a 9 Volt battery so that when the power to your house is running, it's using the electricity and then when the power goes out, the battery kicks in to power it. You'll still want to test the battery though, because if the power goes out and the battery is dead, then it won't work. That detector can be bought one at a time or be bought in a 6-Pack version.

You can never have to many smoke & carbon monoxide detectors! You should have at least one on every floor of your house...the basement(where your furnace & boilers are), the first floor(where your kitchen is) and the 2nd floor(where you possibly sleep), of course if you have a second floor. So please be careful when running an emergency generator!

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Emergency Generators

There are other ways to get power, rather than just a portable generator, that takes gas. There are portable generators that can store electricity by plugging it into a wall and charging it so then when the power goes out you have it. Also, you can get solar panels! We need to stop our dependence on the oil & gas companies and then they will stop their planet destroying ways with demand being lower. They need to change their name tags and put on a different hat!

Emergency Generators On Ebay

Emergency generators are a great item to check on eBay and hopefully the seller will be trustworthy and not bamboozle you with a faulty one. The shipping might be high though, unless you can find someone close and go to get it/check it out. Maybe even check Craigslist or online classifieds for your area.

#5. Gas

#5. Gas:

You'll need gas for that generator! So stock up on gas cans and fill them with gas. If the power is out you might not be able to get to the station to get some gas. Especially if it's a storm related power outage. You don't want to brave the elements unless you absolutely have to, for safety reasons. Conserve the gas just in case the power is going to be out for awhile.

Precaution!

One thing you want to keep in mind for storing gas cans is that when the temperature gets really hot, the cans will expand and can be highly volatile & dangerous. They can explode!

Even the empty cans can explode! Exercise caution in keeping reserve gasoline on hand. The fumes given off can be dangerous as well. Store your extra gasoline in the safest way possible.

*Thanks to Nancy Carol for this helpful addition.*

Another helpful item, that runs on gasoline, that you might want to buy is a Chainsaw.

There might be some trees that have fallen, if it's a weather related power outage. A tree may have fallen in an area that you need to get to, on a road or even on your car! So you might want to cut it up and get it moved out of the way. Becareful when cutting up a tree. Be mindful of how you're cutting it and be mindful of your surroundings.

Precaution!

You should exercise extreme caution when taking care of any downed trees, Especially if they have taken down power lines! The power lines might still be running. It's best not to touch them and you should call 911, your local police department & they or you can call the power company to let them know the situation.

*Thanks to a user named "Stratergy" for this helpful addition.*

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Chainsaws!

If a tree falls down and blocks the road or if you need to cut something heavy duty, you need a chainsaw! Don't forget to protect your eyes and to mind your limbs during the cutting. If you've never used a chainsaw, I would recommend becoming acquainted with using one, before using it in an emergency!

#6. Food & Water

#6. Food & Water:

Obviously the most essential! You can't survive without food & water. Especially water. If you go 3 days without drinking water, it's simple, you die.

You should buy packages of bottled water. If there is a catastrophe from a storm or of other epic proportions..... then the city you live in, their water supply could be polluted.

As far as food supplies go, you should get food that will last. Canned goods are your best shot, or package sealed foods. Make sure you pay attention to what canned goods you get, as far as how to open them. Some cans come with pop tops, some don't. If you buy canned goods make sure you have a handheld can opener. Otherwise you'd be, dangerously, opening the can with a knife and that's not a good idea. Which could result in, unfortunately making you use the next item on the list..........

*One more key thing to remember is that canned food and bottled water have an average expiration date of a year to a year and a half, from the date you buy it. Be sure to check the dates.

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Emergency Food

The picture above is a product they sell on Amazon, Wise makes it. Someone I know buys it and really likes it. He takes it on hikes & outdoor excursions.

Regular store bought food can only last so long. There are other food alternatives you can buy. There are containers of ration type emergency food that you can buy that will last longer and is specially designed. They are individually packaged and split into servings. These packaged meals are perfect for camping or traveling.

They even make food available, to civilians, that soldiers eat. They're called MRE's. You can buy them in a bulk or you can even by singles(which works out great so you can see if you like the taste of a certain brand). They even have pouches of specialty food available like dessert. There's a company called Mountain House who sell pouches of Ice Cream Sandwiches in MRE style. Yum!

Who says you have to eat packaged food that might taste bad, too plain or just generic!?! You Don't! They make a lot of really good quality tasting food that lasts! Even Desserts!

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Survival Food

Food can be hard to come by if the stores are raided or if you can't even make it to them! Stock up before it's too late....

How To Cook Without A Stove - Portable Cookers

Portable Cookers

Most ovens or stoves these days are electric. So if the power goes out you won't be able to cook any of the food that you would like to. If your stove is gas then you might be alright because all you would have to do is light the gas with a lighter if your stove won't spark the gas do to using an electric ignition. Some of the old gas stoves still use pilot lights and can light the gas without having to use a lighter.

But if you find yourself without a working stove because of those reasons or you just don't have one, then you can buy a portable cooker. Portable cookers are an inexpensive way to heat up your meals that require heat. One of the top uses for a portable cooker is for camping. Many campers use portable cookers. Some work with your campfire and some work without a campfire. There are many types of portable cookers that use different heat sources. Some use propane, others use butane and of course there are ones that use charcoal, basic barbecue type cookers.

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#7. Emergency First Aid Kit

#7. Emergency First Aid Kit

You should already have one of these in your house & your car, always. Bandages, medicine for pain, etc. Emergency personnel in your area could be very busy during a blackout so it's best not to risk getting hurt. Especially if you're without means of contact. Home phones nowadays are digital. They require electricity to be operational. Which brings us to our next item.........

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Emergency First Aid Kits

Whether you get cut, or in a kids terminology, a boo boo! then you need to have the necessary tools on hand to take care of it.

#8. Phones, Electronics & Adapters:

A lot of people use cellphones as their main housephones now. Why pay for 2 phones, home & cell, when you can just use the cellphone when you're home. In the past, before digital phone, home phones could be used without electricity. The only way they wouldn't work is if the phone lines are down completely or turned off for repair. So you should easily be able to call friends & family or for an emergency, on your cellphone.

If you're without the means of electricity for long, then you're phone battery will die, obviously. If you're also without means of an emergency generator then you can't charge it. So you're next best thing to do is......make sure you have a car charger for your phone, so you can charge your phone in your car and you're good to go! Same goes for your other electronics. Computers, tablets, etc.

#8. Phones, Electronics & Adapters

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Phone Car Chargers

Did you forget to charge your phone? Well there's no time, we have to go! If you have a car charger then you can charge it on your way, to where ever you're going.

#9. Money

#9. Money

Cold Hard Cash! You'd better keep some on hand. If the power is out, chances are that the stores power is out too. You won't be able to use your ATM or credit cards. You don't have the means if you don't have the greens! Quick & Simple!

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#10. Fun!!!

#10. Fun!

Games & Activities. Whatever games you and your family or friends like to play.

Charades, board games, card games, more!

The power is out, so no one can say they're busy on the computer or etc.

Talk, hang out & just have fun waiting for the power to come back on.

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Games To Play When The Power Goes Out

Comedy and it's effect, laughter, are the best relief to keep your mind off of the recent tragic events of an emergency or to just keep you from being bored and to pass the time in between the darkness and light!

Helpful Tips About Your Gas & Electric Heaters

Water & Home Warming Heaters

Some more helpful hints to prepare you for a power outage are:

Find out if your water heater and regular house heaters are gas or electric?

If it's electric, and the power goes out, then you're water is not going to get warm. So much for washing your hands with warm water and taking a shower!

If your heaters are electric, then you're also not going to be able to keep warm in the winter if an ice storm knocks out the power. If you're heaters are gas then you should be all set.

*Also if your water supply to your house is by means of a well, those are usually pumped by electricity. So that won't work either. Which means you'll have to buy even more water bottles to stock up on. Furthermore, if you flush the toilets or run the water and run out of the water in your tank or pipes before the well can be pumped with electricity....then your toilet and water faucets will sputter and not stop, due to air in the pipes, etc.

Ok I hope you take this advice, on what to stock up on, in the event the power goes out.

When the power goes out, it makes you grateful & appreciative for when it's on. It makes you appreciate the finer things in life. That anything you have or someone you know could be gone at any moment. So remember to be prepared for the worst and make the best, with what you've got!

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How To Go To The Bathroom Without Running Water Or Electricity

If the power goes out and the water supplied to your house is by means of a well. Then you're not going to be able to flush the toilet, due to the lack of electricity not being able to pump the well water. You'd best not use the toilet for relieving yourself of excess fluids. Seeing as how it's just going to sit there and smell, it's not pretty!

They sell portable toilets that can be used for virtually anytime that you're not able to use a regular toilet. Like when you're camping or in this case when there's a power outage and your house uses well water. Not to mention, if your town's water supply is shut off due to a water main break, which seems to happen a lot in my town, then you can't flush the toilet. So look into some portable toilet products if you use a well, want to be prepared for a town water shut off or for your camping trips.....

*Thanks to Barbara Casey for this helpful addition.*

Portable Toilets

Human excess waste from bodily functions is not pretty if not removed properly. Don't forget to maintain your septic tank if you don't use a sewer for removal! I know how bad that mess can be! It's not fun to clean, but if you ever have to, make sure you use protective wear. Goggles, a breathing mask, gloves and clothes to either throw away or to keep clean while cleaning up the mess.

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How To Stay Cool In The Summer & Warm In The Winter

Cooling & Warming Stations

Whether the power goes out in the frigid cold temperatures of Winter or the broiling heat of Summer, here is a helpful way to beat the heat or scold the cold!

Warming & Cooling Centers:

If it gets really bad and you can't make it through the power outages without freezing from the cold or exhausting from the heat then you need to find a cooling or warming station. Most towns or cities local Fire Houses or Community Centers will offer a place of sanctuary to ride out the blackouts. So call your local city's office buildings or police station and see if they have a station setup that you can go to.

They'll usually offer free drinks and snacks to pass the time, as well as friendly conversation. They generally have their own emergency power so they can run all of their vital necessities. More people than you think will most likely show up to keep warm or cool. So you shouldn't be too bored either with everything that's going on. It's just another helpful hint to keep the light going while you wait out the dark.


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Survival Books

Don't go by just what I have to say! I've tried to cover everything and will continue to update this page with information that needs to be addressed. Be sure and learn all you can......

Preventing A Power Surge

Fusebox & Surge Protectors

2 helpful hints to safeguard your electronics before &/or after, the power goes out:

Tip #1.

A lot of times when the power goes out or tries to come back on, after a power outage, our electronics start to turn on or off and this can damage them. You should have your expensive and important electronics hooked up to a surge protector. Just don't hook up a lot of thigns to one surge protector, be sure and check the wattage and volts restrictions for the surge protectors.

Tip#2.

When the power goes out you should go down to your fuse box/electrical box and shut it off. This will stop any surges or quick on offs associated with power outages. But then how will you know if the power has come back on? If it's nighttime, then you can see if the streetlights are on. If it's the daytime, you could always keep one fuse running that powers a lightbulb or other electronic in a certain area of your house but just shut off all the most important electronic ones etc.

Cautionary!

Use extreme caution & becareful when doing anything with your electrical box/ fuse box, you don't want to be electrocuted and/or die. If you don't feel safe doing anything to your box then by all means call an electrician to walk you through it. You should never touch the wires leading in or out of the box, only touch the black bars, that go left or right when moved, which shut off or turn on the power to certain ares of your house.

Books To Read

Another great way to pass the time is by reading a book, in paper form or by using a tablet or e-reader. Just remember the electronics need power and the books need light!

Reader's Comments On Their Own Power Outage Woes!

Viewers Suggestions, Comments & Preparation Tips

A helpful viewer & great article writer herself, "Tipi", suggested that I showcase some comments that people have left for this article. Which in turn, helps people read first hand horror stories, or helpful hints, that should hopefully highlight to you that you shouldn't be unprepared for a power outage/blackout.

User "GrannySage" writes:

"We are the worst prepared people on the planet. We just went through a 4 day power outage. We live in an RV and the lightening hit the transformer in our campground. We couldn't find where we stored the candles in the under . We did have flashlights but the radio was out of batteries. We did not have enough gas in the RV to run our generator and no money to put any in. Finally someone sent us some money so at least we didn't lose all of our food in the refrigerator, which would have run on propane but we didn't have any of that either. I felt stupid...won't let it catch us unprepared again."

Vallain writes:

"We had 4 days without power after Hurricane Charlie. It's good to be prepared with food that doesn't have to be refrigerated or cooked."

Plethora_Reader writes:

"Best recommendation is to have a supply of medications you might need (at least two weeks) as well as a copy of your phone book in case your phone dies and you need to check in with family. If you want to be overly prepared, a back-up of your credit card numbers and bank account numbers will allow you to make purchases even if you don't have the cards and you run out of cash. In the past you only needed to be prepared for a couple of days, now we are seeing emergencies lasting for as long as 2-3 weeks."

d-artist writes:

"Having lived in California we experienced earthquakes and fires, we experienced a two week power outage when we lived in Missouri during a winter snow and ice storm, as well as a Tornado...Now living in Wisconsin we have had a 100 year flood and a windstorm that brought down trees all over town that it looked like a war zone. We have learned from all these experiences and keep ourselves supplied with necessities. DON'T FORGET your pets, they need food and water as well. It was hard when we had horses because you could not go and check on them, but I normally was prepared for the situations....stay safe!"

Teapixie writes:

"My nephew was a firefighter and he is very careful to warn people against using candles, at any time. Fire is dangerous and it doesn't take much for it to get away. Get LED portable lights - they last and provide a safe source of light. If you need warmth, get blankets. And have foods available that don't need to be heated."

BunnyFabulous writes:

"If you know a storm is coming, make sure that you're stocked up on any medications you take regularly. Blankets are great for lots of purposes, and it's helpful to have coolers to be able to utilize at least some of your refrigerated food before it goes bad. I've been through 3 hurricanes, so I've learned from experience."

Mary Stephenson writes:

"When I was a kid the snow storms would result in power outage and it would also mean we had no running water. Had to use the outhouse when we lost power. Nasty in the wintertime! My folks always had flashlights and lanterns handy. We had an oil stove and a wood stove, so we were never cold. Had no TV so other than harder to read with candles and lanterns, life wasn't much different. When I have an outage, which is not very often, I keep forgetting that I can't do this or I can't do that. Everything we do depends so much on electricity it can really stop progress."

SkiesGreen writes:

"The fires in Canberra in 2003 left me in total darkness in early afternoon. That taught me to be prepared but over time one forgets and this is a great reminder to upgrade some of my emergency equipment."

*I will continue to add helpful & interesting comments left by viewers, so that they don't get buried in the comments section.

This article gets updated every so often, so you might want to bookmark it*

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Emergency Items & Kits Make Great Gift Ideas!

All of these emergency supplies, kits, electronics items make perfect gifts. Why not buy some and put them aside for your loved ones, so that they stay safe for any time of year when the power goes out or disaster strikes. I've bought family members safety items, like something as simple as a firebox to keep all your pertinent information in, to keep them safe - birth certificates, deeds, paperwork, money, etc. Another great idea is to have a safety kit in your car!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @Cynthia Haltom: I definitely agree! If you don't prepare, then you'll be left behind when disaster strikes. It can happen anywhere & anytime. Obviously, the main point to also make is to not stress over it but if you're prepared then you have less to stress about when the disaster does shows up/happen. So definitely be prepared! Thanks for the insightful comment Chaltom. I've never made a pizza on a grill, how did it come out? lol

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      Generally when the lights go out where I live it is no time to play games. The best thing to do is know what to do when an emergency happens and keep prepared every day of your life. When a disaster is near or has already happened it is too late to prepare.. Thanks to Hurricane Katrina I did learn how to cook pizza on a grill.

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      eccles1 4 years ago

      great help thank you!

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      VictoriaKelley 4 years ago

      Lots of polls to take but this lens gets you thinking about what we all should have on hand at all times. Great Lens!

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      Judith Nazarewicz 4 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

      Some very good information! Really like this lens. Thanks so much!

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      RetroMom 4 years ago

      Thank you for this reminder. You provided a very helpful lens. Great job!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @FashionMommy: Thanks! Sounds like you're prepared! Thanks for taking the time to check it out. Best Wishes!

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      FashionMommy 4 years ago

      loved this lens! very informative. be ready for a zombie apocalypse, that made me read this lens. haha. just secure batteries, flashlight and canned goods :)

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @PlethoraReader: Some really great ideas & suggestions! I added this comment to a section up top so it doesn't get buried in the comments here. I'll also be adding some sections about these items as well. Thank you so much for the recommendations! These ideas will definitely help people be more prepared. Thank you for taking the time to check out this page and for leaving a valuable comment. Stay Safe & Best Wishes!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @delia-delia: Well, it sounds like you've battled just about everything Mother Nature has thrown your way! I'm glad you made it through alright and came out the other side with a smile! Those are definitely some great ideas that I'll be adding to this list. I also added this comment to the helpful viewers/readers comments section so it doesn't get buried in this comments section. Thank you for the compliments and the warm wishes. Thankfully my family & I didn't get hit too hard by Hurricane Sandy. We mostly got rain and wind. My thoughts and prayers are definitely with the survivors and the areas effected. Thank you for taking the time to read the list and leaving a very helpful comment! Stay Safe Out There & Best Wishes!!!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @BunnyFabulous: Thanks for recommending some great helpful hints for everyone. I put this comment you wrote, into the helpful comments section up top. I'm also going to add some sections about these ideas you've talked about. Thanks for giving some great suggestions and helping everyone out! I'm glad you've made it through those hurricanes alright! Thanks for taking the time to check out the list and it sounds like you're prepared! Stay Safe & Best Wishes!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @livesmart: Great suggestion, I definitely plan on adding that to the list. Thanks for stopping by and checking out the list. Stay Safe & Best Wishes!

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      livesmart 4 years ago

      Blankets, if the heaters die in some cases you might have a hard time staying warm...

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I'm definitely going to add a section about weapons and etc. Those are definitely a good idea for keeping property and loved ones safe from wild animals or wild humans! Thanks Tipi! Best Wishes!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @paperfacets: I'm glad it all worked out. It's not fun to be without power for upwards to a week or more. I hope you never have to go longer than the day span. Thanks for checking out my list and don't forget to keep a little bit longer supply in case it ever goes out for longer. Stay Safe, Take Care & Best Wishes!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @MrAusAdventure: It sounds like you've dodged a couple of bullets! I'm glad you didn't have to evacuate! Disaster is just not fun! I hope you got some good ideas from this list. Thanks for taking the time to stop by. Be Safe! Best Wishes!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @Shades-of-truth: Thank you for taking the time to check it all out and for participating, I'm glad you enjoyed it. You've made some great points! I hope I was able to help you out with some ideas that you might not have thought about. Stay Safe! Best Wishes!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @WBJanitorial LM: Haha! Well, people need to know the dangers and risks of this world lol Thank you so much for checking out my page and for leaving comments, you left some funny ones! lol Sounds like you got a handful there. lol Stay safe out there and Best Wishes!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @miaponzo: I'm glad you made it through all those deadly storms! I've been through some pretty bad storms too and I'm definitely thankful to have made it through them. Thanks for sharing and for checking out this list. I hope you found some good pointers or ideas for when disaster strikes. Stay Safe & Best Wishes!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @TopDigitalMarke: Thanks, I hope I could help. It's always a good idea to be prepared, especially when it comes to moving and even into new surroundings. Thanks for stopping by. Take Care and Best Wishes!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @kgdunst: I've never learned Mahjong but I have heard of it. I'll have to learn that someday. Thanks for checking out my page and sharing what games you play lol I love playing games in the dark, it adds a fun ambiance. Best Wishes!

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      The fires in Canberra in 2003 left me in total darkness in early afternoon. That taught me to be prepared but over time one forgets and this is a great reminder to upgrade some of my emergency equipment. Congrats on LOTD. Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 20120-2 and also on Squidoo LOTD Lenses 2. Hugs

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @norma-holt: I hope I could help! I've been through some disasters too and I'm glad you made it through alright! Thank you so much for enjoying this list and for posting it on your pages! Stay safe out there and Best Wishes!!!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @MichaelDubrovnik: Another great point! We always make sure of that too! Also, when it's colder weather outside, we put our cold foods outside to stay cold. Thanks for taking the time to check this page out and leave a comment. Try not to lose all your emergency money playing poker lol Best Wishes!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you so much for the accolades & compliments! It means a lot and I really appreciate it! I'm glad you made it out of Sandy alright! Thanks for taking the time to stop in and check this page out. Be Safe! Best Wishes!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @kayla_harris: Me too! I've got a lot of them! You can never have too many lol

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @Chocolatealchemy: Some great ideas! I love how camping gear can be used for survival gear. Also, I haven't had any tea in awhile, but it sounds like you drink enough for the both of us lol Thanks for taking the time to check my page out. Best Wishes!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @LynetteBell: That's right, I should definitely put something about earthquakes. I've been lucky enough not to be in any big ones. I've felt some before and oh boy are they scary. I can still remember when one hit back around 2003 or so. My mom and dad were in bed sleeping and I was just about to doze off when a shaking started and my mom was waking my dad up, who could sleep through anything lol and he woke up in a semi-panic saying "I'll go turn off the washer(washing machine for laundry)" LoL he thought the washer was on the fritz and was shaking and jumping around, it was so funny! But thankfully it was a small quake and the only damage from it came days later when a shelf, that must've come loose from the shaking, came crashing down and almost all of my moms antique plates, dishes & collectibles were broken. My poor mom was so sad and broken-hearted! From now on, nothing valuable gets put on wall shelves. Thanks for checking out this page Lyn and I'll check out your earthquake one. Best Wishes & Stay Safe Out There!!!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @Bestbuyguide: Gotta love the camping stuff, works perfect for survival gear! Glad you were able to eat and not starve. Stay safe out there!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @MJ Martin: Thanks a heap Ruby! I really like the way it came out when I made it. I'm so happy to see that so many people like it and that it's helped them get prepared. Thanks so much for taking the time to check it out! Best Wishes! :o)

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @LadyKeesh: Haha! I love that game, I play it all the time. You just can't lose! "What are you doing on your day off?" Sleeping! "What did we always wish we could do on school mornings?" Sleep In! LoL Good ole sleep! For some people it's a hobby, a lifestyle! lol Thanks for stopping by LadyKeesh! Best Wishes!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @RawBill1: Yeah, the flooding always reminds me of the saying "Turn around, don't drown!" Another worthy saying when it comes to flooding. You just never know if your car is going to be carried away by the water running across the road. That wouldn't be fun. Glad you guys made it through alright. Flooding is so scary! Thanks for taking the time to check out this page. Stay safe & Best Wishes!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @Mary Stephenson: Yeah, it's not fun being without water when the power's out or even without warm water! Oh man the water gets cold even with Summer outages. Thankfully my water heater and such, use gas, what a blessing lol I don't envy the olden days, without plumbing and electricity...yikes! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your comments, I really appreciate it! Stay safe out there & Best Wishes!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @ccmushroom: Thanks for the compliments Mushroom! There's no better time to prepare than now! It's definitely an evergreen idea, to be prepared, because disaster can happen in a wink! Best Wishes & Stay Safe!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @DeboraR: I'm glad I could help! When the power is out for more than a day or two, it's definitely a nuisance! Each day, you wish it was back on or wonder when it'll be back on! It's definitely a good idea to be prepared! Thanks for popping by. Be safe!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @TaraWojt: Thanks Tara! :o) Thanks for checking it out and participating. Hope I Could help. Best Wishes!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @VspaBotanicals: Thanks A Bunch!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @getmoreinfo: Yeah that's crazy. Good ole emergency power! The first time I've ever known someone to buy an emergency generator is my friend's family. They bought one for the Y2K that never happened lol Better to have it and not need it, rather than to need it and not have it! Thanks for stopping by to check out my page and for leaving a comment. Best Wishes!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @DebMartin: Thanks Deb! That's a great idea! Warm clothes are definitely what I planned on putting on here and your idea is going to be added too. I live in New York and I love the cold! I love being under a blanket and keeping warm in the winter. Thanks again, Best Wishes!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @soaringsis: Thanks Soaringsis! Hope I could help!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @jasminesphotogr: Thanks! Hope you found some goodies!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Glad to have helped! It's great being prepared for tough situations! Stay Safe & Best Wishes!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @SheGetsCreative: Thank you so much! I Hope you found some more things to stock up on! Best Wishes!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @KimGiancaterino: Thanks, I'm glad I could help! Also, I'll have to check into those self-extinguishing votives. Thanks! Best Wishes & Stay Safe!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @Teapixie LM: Thanks TeaPixie and to your nephew for being a firefighter! It's a dangerous job and much like his roll, I'm hoping this page will help save some lives or at the very least, help someone be prepared for an emergency! I'm always iffy about candles and I mostly just use LED flashlights for lighting up my house, but candles work great too and even nowadays with flameless candles for safety. Thanks for taking the time to check this page out, for leaving a comment and the compliments! Thank you so much! Best Wishes & Stay Safe!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @goo2eyes lm: Thank you so much goo2eyes! Thanks for stopping back by and for blessing and submitting this page for a quest! That's awesome and I'm extremely grateful and honored! I Hope you got some great ideas for being prepared before and even now! Best Wishes!!!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @Johanna Eisler: Thank you so much Joie! That means a lot and that's what I was aiming for! Helping people know what they need to survive just about any disaster. Thank you again! Best Wishes & Stay Safe! Happy Holidays!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @Faye Rutledge: I've been through a couple of ice storms and yeah it gets cold! Brrrr! I'm glad you and your son didn't turn into icicles lol Another great tip we did for Ice Storms, is keeping certain foods and drinks, that needed to stay cold, by putting them outside to stay cold. Worked great, just had to make sure it wasn't sill freezing rain or else it would've iced over(Our porch gets cold enough too, so that spot works for the items too!). Also that the food or items weren't exposed so some wild animals wouldn't stop by and steal our food lol Thanks for the congrats! Best Wishes & Stay Warm! :o)

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @CoeGurl: Thanks! I made this article awhile back and it's always relevant considering disaster can strike at anytime! I love being prepared for the worst that any situation can possibly present and hopefully it helped everyone. Thanks for the congrats and for stopping by! Best Wishes!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @weakbond: Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it and had fun getting prepared! I thought I'd add the polls to make people interact by clicking on yes or no for each item, or instance, so that way they even gave more thought or focus to each part talked about. Thanks for the compliments and for taking the time to check it all out! Best Wishes!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @favored: Thanks for stopping back in Favored1! I hope you're family made it out of the storm alright! I live in upstate New York and was thankful not to get a major hit, we ended up with rain & wind! I really hope your family made it through alright, please let me know how they made out! Thank you for the congrats, Best Wishes & Stay Safe!!!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @eilval: Thanks Eilval! My sentiments exactly, it's best to be prepared before the tragedy strikes, but a lot of people seem to only get prepared after it hits them and they're not prepared. So hopefully this page helps people out before it happens! Thanks! Best Wishes & Stay Safe!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @sagebrushmama: Those darn criminals will never stop! lol I don't know if I should be happy they didn't get electrocuted stealing the power lines. I hate hearing about copper thefts too. There's always someone trying to make money the easy way, by stealing or hurting others. I'm glad you, your family & community made it out alright and hopefully the bad apples were caught and made into ketchup! lol

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @Septamia: Absolutely! Also, I personally wouldn't want to live in the age without electricity but thankfully I'm an extremely grateful person and don't abuse my luxuries. I think a lot of people should definitely be more grateful and take some time away from their cellphones and other electronic devices at times when the power is still on, at least take a break and rough it like a lot of us did when we were kids without all those cool toys lol Thanks Septamia! and it's definitely food for thought, for the people who haven't thought about it.

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: Thanks Susan! It's been so cool to have a LOTD! I'm finally getting around to responding to the comments. Hurricane Sandy gave me a cold and I'm just finally getting over it and back to work! :o) Stay Safe Out There!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @GabStar: Thanks GabStar! It was definitely my intention for making this, for help and preparation. Thanks!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @shahedashaikh: Thanks Shaheda! I try! Thanks for taking the time to stop by!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @choosehappy: Thanks so much! Hope I could help! Best Wishes!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @Dressage Husband: Thanks Stephen! Thankfully my area in upstate New York didn't get hit too badly. We were definitely fortunate and grateful. We mostly got the wind and rain. Our areas been bad off for precipitation for awhile. It seems like every Summer, there's a water ban/limitation. Last Winter we barely had any snow at all. I don't think there was one snow school day either, just a school delay, for a day. It's nice to not have to shovel, but the Earth needs the snow more and we need the Winter exercise too lol Thanks again for taking the time to check this page out. Best Wishes & Stay Safe!!!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @Dressage Husband: It's true, tragedy brings people closer together! So I would think that's spot on, survival of the species and all that jazz.... danger probably activates the brain to continue the human race by fear of being wiped out.

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @LizMac60: That's a great idea! I've been through a number of power outages during the cold seasons and that's definitely a good recommendation. Thanks Liz!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @JoshK47: Thanks for blessing this lens twice! I'm honored! It's so great to have my first LOTD and for it to be an extremely helpful and relevant one. Thanks for stopping back by, I appreciate it! Best Wishes & Stay Safe!!!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @Virginia Allain: Yeah, it worked out good, I made it back in June and not to mention power outages can occur anytime of the year. I've been through some ice storms & even a tornado so I like to think I know what's needed and thought I'd help anyone who needs to know what to have to be prepared. Thanks for checking it out and stay safe! Best Wishes!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @Scotties-Rock: Glad I could help! I like to think you can never be too prepared. I love being prepared for the worst possible effects of any situation. Like one of my favorite motto's "Prepare For The Worst, Hope for The Best" Thanks again & stay safe out there! Best Wishes!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @Howcanigetagirl: Thanks, that means a lot. I like to know when I do good work. I made this one back in June and yeah it works out for all the storms or problems that take out the power. Definitely timely! Thanks for the compliments & Best Wishes!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @pawpaw911: Thanks, I hope it gave you some ideas on being prepared or maybe you already were. I was ecstatic it made LOTD! Thanks for checking it out!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @EpicFarms: Yeah there is definitely some fun to be had when the power goes out, as long as the power outage doesn't mean personal or physical destruction of property in the form of a catastrophe. Thankfully my area in upstate NY didn't get hit bad by HurricaneSandy, we just got some rain and wind that caused a little bit of a nuisance. Sandy was definitely a doozy though! Thanks for stopping by and I'm glad you have a generator, good times! Best Wishes!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @writerkath: Thanks Kathy! I'm glad I was able to help. That was definitely the point of me making this, to help people get prepared for almost any emergency situation that takes out the power. Thanks for that great idea. Also, I'd been meaning to add a section about a security box/ fire box, especially in the even of a fire. I personally don't have one, but I bought my brother and his wife one, a couple Christmases ago. Thanks for taking the time to read this article and Best Wishes!!!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @MarcoG: Thanks Marco, it's definitely a very cool honor to be LOTD. It's my first and it's awesome! Thanks for popping by.

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks arahul, That means a lot! I appreciate that! Hope I gave people some good ideas on ways to be prepared. Thanks for taking the time to check it out. Best Wishes!

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @ComfortsOfHome: Thanks! I tried to cover all the bases and thought I had, but a lot of great people have given some great ideas that could or should be added and I plan on adding them. Everything's a work in progress lol

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      @SteveKaye: Thanks Steve! It's my first LOTD and hopefully not my last. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Sherry Venegas 4 years ago from La Verne, CA

      The power went out for 26 hours this summer. During the day things went as usual except I cleaned out the refrigerator. It was a full moon that night so we sat out in the backyard and talked. Never experienced any outage longer than that.

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      Bill 4 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      I have been in minor floods and have nearly been evacuated due to bush fires nearby. Thankfully the wind changed at the last minute as we were packing to leave! Congrats on LOTD, this is a great list.

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      Emily Tack 4 years ago from USA

      Terrific Lens! We are in a hurricane-prone area, and experience frequent power outages. Really good stuff here, and I voted in all of the polls. Most of my life, I could not store extra things, due to our financial condition, so you might tell people the absolute bare necessities for survival. One thing I would add - prayer is another essential!

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      WBJanitorial LM 4 years ago

      In this day and age, if the power goes out and you have kids, there lost and can drive one nuts. : ) I take the opportunity to scare the crap out of them if I can. Its great fun!!!

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      miaponzo 4 years ago

      I've been in horrifying deadly sandstorms, here in Kuwait :) But, tornadoes in NY, and Hurricane... here in Kuwait and there.... Blessed!

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      TopDigitalMarke 4 years ago

      Thank you so much for this lens! I'm planning on moving out for next summer and it's great to have a list of things I wouldn't think of otherwise on my own!! :) :)

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      kgdunst 4 years ago

      Mahjong - I don't understand the titles in light or not but it's a good way to keep your buddies next to me in the dark!

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      MichaelDubrovnik 4 years ago

      Not to open the refrigerator or freezer unless it's necessary, otherwise it speeds up the increase of the temperature.

      Poker is the game...mmmahahhahahha.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      As I mentioned earlier. I just got through a 24+ hour blackout because of Sandy and I will tell you that the worst part is worrying about the possibility of a blackout and wondering when it's going to end.This is an outstanding lens with a huge amount of relevant information. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      kayla_harris 4 years ago

      I always buy a lot of batteries!

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      Chocolatealchemy 4 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      A camping gas light, extra gas canisters, a camping gas hob to be able to boil a kettle / pot. There's nothing like a cup of tea to cheer me up! Actually, make that many cups of tea as I'm a bit of a tea-holic! You've created a great Lens - thanks for the list! Congratulations on LOTD - well deserved.

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      LynetteBell 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      You didn't mention earthquakes...we had power out for four days, others had it off for much longer. I have done a lens on earthquake survival:)

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      Bestbuyguide 4 years ago

      Snow outage so I went into the shed and got my camping stove out.

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Washington State

      Great lens, congrats on LOTD! So important to be prepared. Way to go!

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      LadyKeesh 4 years ago

      sleep. its an awesome game. I win every time. lol..........

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      Bill 4 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      I have been flooded in at home for a few days. We still had power and could still leave the house, but it was too dangerous to drive too far from home. We just kept working as we work from home, only difference was that the kids were home from school with us. Congrats on LOTD, very timely advice indeed.

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      When I was a kid the snow storms would result in power outage and it would also mean we had no running water. Had to use the outhouse when we lost power. Nasty in the wintertime! My folks always had flashlights and lanterns handy. We had an oil stove and a wood stove, so we were never cold. Had no TV so other than harder to read with candles and lanterns, life wasn't much different. When I have an outage, which is not very often, I keep forgetting that I can't do this or I can't do that. Everything we do depends so much on electricity it can really stop progress.

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      ccmushroom 4 years ago

      This is a great lens, well deserving of Lens of the Day! I really need to do a little emergency preparation. I keep meaning to, but keep putting it off.

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      DeboraR 4 years ago

      You've given me a lot to think about. We are in no way prepared for a power outage if it were to last for more than a few days.

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      Tara Wojtaszek 4 years ago

      This is an excellent list to have on hand. Thanks. Congratulations on LoTD!!!

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      congrat on LOTD

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      That video you have of the Power Outage at 49ers Game was crazy, man but it looks like they got the lights back up really quickly. Yes I agree having a backup generator is a smart purchase during natural disasters like the sandy Hurricane.

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      This is an outstanding lens. Thanks so much. The only other thing I can think of is my down long underwear. An absolute must in my northern climate.

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      soaringsis 4 years ago

      Congratulations on your LotD. Thanks for the tips.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What a great and important lens. I can see there are things I've forgotten.

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      came by to say Congrats on LotD, sprinkle a little angel dust and remind myself to stock up on a few supplies!

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      BunnyFabulous 4 years ago from Central Florida

      If you know a storm is coming, make sure that you're stocked up on any medications you take regularly. Blankets are great for lots of purposes, and it's helpful to have coolers to be able to utilize at least some of your refrigerated food before it goes bad. I've been through 3 hurricanes, so I've learned from experience. Great resource, and congrats on LOTD!

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      We keep our RV in the driveway and it's stocked with supplies. You brought up many good points, and I need to do a little more shopping. The only candles I use any more are self-extinguishing votives. Congratulations on a timely LOTD.