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Storm Preparedness

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I live in an area that each winter we get at least three major storms that knocks out power for at least three days.  Over the years my family and I have developed a checklist of things that need to be done as soon as a storm is predicted.  You do not want to be in the middle of a power outage and realize that you don't have any batteries for your flashlight, or worse, not have any drinking water.  So I want to share my list so you don't have to make the same mistakes I have done.

 
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Step 1: Water

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One of the most important parts to being prepared is to have enough drinking water.  You should store at least one gallon per person per day.  You should buy the water before any storms are predicted, there are many people who wait until the last minute and the stores run out.

You can also store water by filling your bathtub before the storm hits.  This water can be used as emergency drinking water, or for flushing the toilet.  If it is raining out, you can collect water from your downspout.  I have found the easiest way is by placing a garbage bag under the spout and using a clothespin to hold it in place.  When the bag gets full, pour it into your bathtub.  This water is best used for flushing the toilet, unless you purify it before drinking.

Step 2: Food

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Like with water, buy food well before any storm.  Buy foods that do not need refrigerated and require no cooking, or at the most, only need boiling water.

When the power goes out, consume meat and dairy items first.  Also try to limit the amount of time you have the fridge doors open. 
Always keep frozen jugs of water in your freezer, so you can place them into your fridge to keep everything cool.

Have a way to boil water for making food and hot drinks.  A simple camp stove is all you need, but do any cooking in a well ventilated area.
thezuba1 year ago
Most people do . not realize they have 40 gallons water . stored in their house in the hot water tank with a spigot on the bottom.
poofrabbit1 year ago
Congratulations on being a finalist in the be prepare contest!
Very good! I come from an area that gets storms and when the power goes out, it's usually for days at a time. I agree that water is a big thing. Many people don't understand that when the power goes out you will eventually run out of water in the pipes and you can't just keep running the facets or flushing the toilets! Awesome Instructable :)
iceberg7421 year ago
Well done on your instructable bud. you should also add that if you still got power cook meat then store it, that way you can make it last abit longer (but try not to reheat it as bacteria can form. If you boil any pasta, keep the left over liquid for soups. Big reminder is for any inportant documents (insurance, birth cert, death cert, ownership of items) keep in a water proof container or a sealed plastic bag.
This is an excellent post, thank you for the share. I like keeping crossword puzzle books in our kits, makes waiting out the storm a bit more stimulating.