How To Survive A Blackout
A list of everything you’ll need
Blackouts aren’t exactly a rare occurrence here in the Philippines, so most families have their own standard protocols when it happens. But there are times when the electricity takes more than a few hours to return and with the rainy season coming, we all need to be prepared for something big—just in case.
Food and water.
When there’s a blackout, most things stop working. This includes the refrigerator, which means that some of your food is going to spoil. You should start cooking the perishable food you already have and save the canned goods and other self-preserved items in case the blackout lasts for days. And while electric stoves are popular, it’s best to have a gas powered one nearby.
As for drinks, a lack of electricity does not always mean that water supply is damaged. It would be best to have your own filtration system in case you need to start using the tap.
This generally goes without saying, but it’s important to have emergency lights, flashlights, batteries and candles in the house. It’s dangerous to do anything when in the dark, and when you need to take a bath and cook, bad things can happen.
In the worst of cases, a blackout will last days and you won’t have the chance to head out anywhere else. When this happens, it is of utmost importance to stay informed and updated. When your smartphone runs out of battery, the best thing you’ll have is a battery-powered radio.
A little shallow, but we all start to worry about this. No electricity means no WiFi, no TV and no gaming consoles. The easy way out is to have board games, cards and books available, but we know it’s hard to live without your smartphones too. Keep them alive with a powerbank and portable WiFi. The minute the lights go out, use the connection you have to download a few movies or episodes on Netflix and you’ll be good to go for a while.
Despite the rainy season, our weather is still pretty erratic, which means our nights can still get pretty hot. Having a battery-powered fan can sometimes be the difference between a comfortable night’s sleep and drenching your sheets in sweat.
Blackouts will leave you in a less comfortable spot than you’re used to. But with the right preparation, you’ll hardly even notice the difference.