Being Prepared for Power Outages

Winter is the time of year power outages can be most common from storms, drifts, and floods. You want to make sure you’re prepared for any of these events so they don’t sneak up on you and cause harm to anyone or damage to property. Here are a few things to keep in mind so you’re ready for when outages happen. These are good tips for Property Management company like Rental Choice to give to residents for emergency preparedness.

Be Conscious of Perishable Food
Depending on the length of the outage, you may need to discard perishable foods in your fridge. If the outage is over two hours, be sure to consume or throw out any food that will go bad.

Have an Emergency Kit
You can easily make your own emergency kit, which should include items such as a water purifier, thermal blanket, and flashlight. Keep the kit in a bag that is easy to carry, like a backpack. You can also buy any size emergency kit from the American Red Cross, and their website contains a full list of suggested emergency items.

Remember Prescription Medications
Many people forget about their prescriptions during an outage, but if the outage lasts for over a day it’s important to have some on hand. A pharmacy trip will probably not be an option until the outage is resolved.

Include Activities for the Kids
You’ll want something to preoccupy any children, so pack a few board games or other distractions that are fun for them.

Other Important Items
Other items to remember are a water-purifier, a generator, and gas to fuel both of those.

If you are in Rental Management, it’s important to keep these tips in mind to protect yourself and your residents.