Handling a Power Outage

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power line
power line

Everyone has their lights flicker every now and then but what would you do if your power was off for days?

You still need to eat, you might need to cook, you’ll need to keep your family warm (or cool) and you’ll need to keep the kiddos occupied. Here are a few things to think about.

Cooking – Dinner Time

Take a head count and a pantry count. Don’t eat everything the first day. Make a plan that includes rationing, just in case.

Get the kiddies involved in cooking/preparing meals. This helps keep them occupied and it’s a good learning situation. (Everyone needs to know how to cook.)

If possible, do some cooking outside even if it’s in the bbq grill. Outdoor cooking is a skill that needs to be taught. Can you start a fire without an electronic ignition? Learn and teach your children.

hot dog
hot dog

Staying Warm

Every bug out bag, and closet should contain extra socks, gloves and hats for winter use. Keeping your fingers and toes warm and dry is paramount in keeping your entire body warmer.

Make a pallet of those stored blankets to both sit on, lay on (keeps you off the cold floor) and to retain heat. Quilts and wool blankets can also be tacked over windows and outer walls to help retain heat. You can even partition off a single room for sleeping by hanging blankets from the ceiling. The smaller the space the easier to keep warm.

Remember your furry friends. The added warmth of a curled up dog or cat is worth it’s weight in gold.

cat cuddle
cat cuddle

Staying cool.

Do what our elders did. Sit in the shade. Set up your picnic table under a shade tree. No trees? Set your table/chairs on the east side of the house as close as possible to the house so that the afternoon sun will cast shade.

Stay hydrated.

Keeping Occupied

Explore your immediate area. You may discover an unknown resource.

Pack paper and pencils (and crayons) in your go bags. You can play word games or you can let your kids draw. A pack of cards will help pass the time as well.

Use the time to talk to your kids. Talk about the different plants and animals you see in your area. Teach them to read a map so that they can know their way around. You can incorporate compass training at the same time.

Hopefully, if you’re bugging in, you have a closet full of old board games. (If not, look for some at the next yard sale you see…) It’s time to dig them out and give everyone something fun to do.


Do you have a home library? Have you considered adding some classics for kids such as Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys mysteries? A good book is a great way to spend some downtime.

Most power outages are relatively short but you should still prepare for the worst. Get a few local maps, one for each member of the family. Buy them each a compass and a fire starter. Get some classic board games and some classic novels to go along with your other preparedness supplies and food storage.

Chance favors the prepared mind.
Louis Pasteur

Chance Favors the Prepared
Chance Favors the Prepared