In Part 1, we looked at the first four initial steps you should take when you experience a household power outage. Especially significant during cold winter months, a power outage at the very least disrupts your daily activities and provides opportunities to stress and possibly lose valuable resources like food and the regular function of essential electrical appliances. In extreme situations, safety can be a concern, as well.

Once you’ve confirmed a community-wide blackout and taken steps to preserve as much heat as possible, you’ll want to secure alternative lighting sources and protect your appliances. After that, you’ll need to conserve food, as much as possible.

Below are additional vital steps to follow during times of extended power outages.

Step 5: Keep Yourself Busy and Avoid Stressing

It’s a good idea to have a “bag of tricks” ready in case of a power outage. If you’re like most Americans, you rely on electricity for much of your entertainment. But make sure to keep a few old-school board games or card games around. You might also want to break out a musical instrument or make some shadow puppets on the wall. Reading books or simply talking can also be helpful ways to pass the time. Think of it as an extra opportunity to connect with members of your household on a different level. Imagine living without electricity like humanity did for centuries.

As you find ways to keep busy, you can avoid focusing on the “what if” scenarios that can cause panic in times of power outage. Try to avoid calling 911 unless there is a true emergency, so you can keep the phone lines clear for those who need help.

Step 6: Store Fuel for Your Motor Vehicles

During a blackout, a gas station can’t pump fuel into your car. You’ll want to store some extra gasoline so you can get into your vehicle in order to keep warm or perhaps to evacuate to a warmer location if needed. Even if temperature is not a concern, your vehicle may be helpful in case you require an alternative power supply to charge your phone or in order to find out important developments taking place in your area via radio. Of course, if your vehicle runs out of gas, it will be unable to help with any of those functions.

Step 7: Pack an Emergency Kit and Reminders

Every member of your family should know where to find an emergency kit like this one and instructions about whom to call and what to do in case of various emergency situations — or potential emergencies, such as a power outage.

If you’re thinking that the possibility of having to take all those steps is simply not something you want to deal with, you may want to reconsider getting a standby generator for your home.

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What You Should Do When the Power Goes Out, Part 2

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