Don't find yourself in the dark!

By Meghan Overdeep
July 19, 2018
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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:

  1. Portable generator
  2. Flashlight
  3. Extra batteries
  4. Power banks
  5. 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.