With more than 6 million people without power because of Irma, I want to share with you the short and simple Blackout Checklist below.
I recommend storing these items in a bin or somewhere convenient so you can quickly access them in the event you have to evacuate your home.
You and I both know that the majority of people are (unfortunately) unprepared for a power outage, but you don’t have to be…
______ Numerous flashlights (including headlamps) and enough spare batteries to last 7 days
______ Solar battery charger
______ Portable Generator (I use the Sportsman GEN4000LP.)
______ Portable camping stoves (I use the Coleman single burner propane stove and also a Camp Chef stove.)
______ Extra propane canisters to cook enough food for at least one week
______ Enough food storage for at least a week
______ Pots, pans, plates, cups and utensils for eating (including a manual can opener)
______ Deep cycle battery and inverter to charge phones and run other small items
______ Wood pile at your house with an axe to chop wood
______ Matches and Swedish Firesteel
______ Sleeping bags for every family member for the wintertime
______ 7-gallon water jugs plus a water filter (You want at least a week of water for every member of the family. Each member should have 1 gallon per day.)
______ 5-gallon buckets and trash bags in the event the toilets won’t flush
______ Toilet paper
______ Radio to monitor the news (I like the Sony ICF-S10MK2 Pocket Radio)
______ Guns and ammo for self-defense (At least 1 handgun and 1 rifle)
______ First aid kit (with any medications you take)
Like I mentioned, this is a short and simple checklist that you can obviously add to.
However, if you don’t have the items above, please consider working off this checklist and becoming more prepared this weekend.