Storms, hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes lead to power outages. And it seems today, it’s happening more than ever. Check out some of the most common mistakes people make before the season starts, so you can easily avoid them and master disaster preparedness.
1. Not Storing Enough Water
Think of the number of gallons of water you'd buy to prepare for a hurricane. Now, multiply that by 4! Water is vital, and it's easily underestimated. While storm severity varies and services like water and power can sometimes resume quickly, you can never be too prepared for major disruptions. From simple needs like drinking and cooking, to less obvious things like bathing and cleaning clothes, you need to stock up on an emergency water supply in preparation for a storm.
2. Forgetting Emergency Foods
When the power outage strikes, it's easy to forget your usual microwavable pizza requires, well, a microwave. That's why it's important to always have a supply of shelf-stable food that will keep you and your family nourished. And just because keeping produce is a challenge doesn't mean you have to compromise on eating healthy. Try organic varieties of packaged soups, jerky, freeze-dried fruits, nuts, and seeds.
3. Underestimating the Need for Bright Light
You’re going to want to keep things bright with powerful, durable, long-lasting emergency lights, and Energizer® has just what you need to light the way…throughout your home.
The Energizer® Weatheready® Compact Rechargeable LED Light stays plugged in to charge, and turns to battery power when an outage strikes, so it's always ready when you need it with 3.5 hours of run time. Its 25 lumens make it perfect for lighting the path, giving you added safety.
If you're needing area lighting, the 500-lumen Energizer® Weatheready® Emergency Folding Lantern pivots to provide 360º lighting so powerful, it can light a whole room.
For hands-free lighting, the drop tested and water-resistant Energizer® Vision LED Headlamp is perfect for carrying supplies, prepping the house, or even holding your little one's hand when the power goes out unexpectedly. It gives you a pivoting beam distance of 35 meters that is up to 4X brighter than standard LED technology.
4. Being Underprepared for Power Outages
Some power outages last longer than we expect, so don't skimp on the backup batteries. Reach for reliable brands like Energizer® Ultimate Lithium™ Batteries, with a shelf life of 20 years*. They're leak resistant** and perform in extreme temperatures, so you can be ready for anything. Grab a few packs each of different varieties to ensure you have all your devices covered in case of longer blackouts.
5. Overlooking The Radio
Emergency preparedness includes staying connected, but a dead phone battery and Wi-Fi signal can make that challenging. That's why it's wise to keep a battery-powered radio as an added source of information. And of course, don't forget to pair it with long-lasting Energizer® Batteries.
Whether it's hurricanes, floods, or even a tornado, these ultimate do's and don'ts — along with the help of dependable, long-lasting, innovative Energizer® products — will assure you there's no forecast you can't handle. Stay safe, dry, and bright!
*20 year shelf life applies to AA and AAA only
**Leak resistant construction applies to AA, AAA, and 9V
Sources: FEMA, CNN, Red Cross