We all know it is hard enough getting through an overnight power outage, then you add the children and the fact that EVERYTHING you have in your home runs on electricity. This includes your stove, heater and other little things you don’t think of until it’s too late. It is not the end of the world if you are prepared for the dark, and here are some tips to help you stay prepared.
This is the most important item to have readily available. Batteries of all sizes is very important to have, you never know when the batteries on your flashlights may go out. So make sure these batteries are close by to the flashlights and blankets to avoid tripping over items to get to them.
The best advice is to have plenty of candles and flashlights available around the house or in a certain spot you will have easy access to in the pitch black. With kids it may help calm them if you have a special flashlight just for them with a favorite character on it. And remember to keep the candles up and out of reach of younger children.
Seeing as the power is out; all the heating is also gone. Have plenty of blankets available for use at anytime. In our house we have about fifteen adult sized blankets and twenty child sized blankets in a linen closet. So if the power stays out through the night, huddle together in your bed with plenty of blankets and wait for your body heat to warm each other up, it is very important to not get too cold when the power goes out.
Online you can find battery operated heaters for about $100. This is the best option in the winter; you want to avoid having your children get too cold. Try to get one for every room, but if that is not possible, gather in one room and close off all the other doors to keep that heat in the one room.
Try to keep things as normal as possible for the children to keep them from getting alarmed. You can try your best at keep the normal routine going, such as dinner, bath and then bed. Some of these things may not be possible, but again try your best. The more off the routine is the more the kids may panic.
In our home we have cards and special age appropriate toys tucked away for when the power goes out. Some items we have are books, puzzles and a battery operated radio. The radio is wonderful to keep an update on the weather and power outage, and also to give your home a type of normal noise for the kids to fall asleep too.
Since the power is out, you should not open your refrigerator or freezer for long periods of time. It is recommended to not open them at all truthfully. Since you no longer have a stove, microwave or even a toaster you will need easy snacks in the cupboard. Things like fruit cups, cup of noodles (we just let the tap water heat up really hot and use that) crackers, peanut butter sandwiches. As far as drinks go, things like tang and lemonade are wonderful.
Just in case something goes wrong, make sure you have the proper clothing. Things like winter jackets, boots, plenty of socks, hats, gloves and warm pajamas. Staying warm is the key too all this, if you have to get to a friends or families house to stay the night.
Remember to be very careful out there, it can get bad in storms. You may not get much sleep the nights the power is out because your children are afraid of the dark like mine are, leave a flashlight on for them. It will work like a nightlight and they will not wake in pure darkness. Be aware that this is scary for them.