The 5 Things Everyone Needs in Their Storm Kit for When the Power Goes Out
We all know how unpredictable and ruthless Mother Nature can be, especially during the summer down South. But don't let the near-daily occurrence of severe storms lull you into a false sense of security. Weather curveballs are always on the horizon, and believe us when we say that you'll want to be prepared when they come a-knockin'.
If anybody's familiar with weather-related emergencies, it's the fine men and women of Florida Power & Light. Recently, their experts outlined the most important items everybody should have in their most basic storm kits. Below, find FLP's top five items you'll want in your kit should a power outage occur, courtesy of CBS Miami:
- Portable generator
- Extra batteries
- Power banks
- Battery-powered or crank radio
FLP also points out the importance of reading the owner's manual before operating a portable generator, and to and NEVER plug a generator directly into a breaker panel or fuse box. "This can sometimes send electricity back into the lines, possibly injuring a line worker restoring power," the utility company warned.
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More serious weather events—like hurricanes, earthquakes and tornadoes—undoubtedly require more in the way of food and first aid. But this will certainly get you through that next whopper of a thunderstorm!
For more information on compiling a more extensive emergency kit, visit FEMA.gov.