After the power goes off is no time to discover that the flashlight batteries are dead and that there isn't a candle in the house. If you plan ahead, you will be ready for an emergency. A few simple steps, taken now, can make the power outage far less trying for you and your family.
Include a battery powered radio, flashlight, a supply of batteries for both, candles, matches, and a can opener.
Food and Water
Enough should be kept on hand for several days (check expiration dates periodically). Plan on a quart of drinking water per person per day. Have on hand a picnic cooler for use later to store perishables.
Include bandages, disinfectant, aspirin, plus a supply of medications that must be taken regularly (check expiration dates periodically).
Keep a supply of baby food, canned milk, formula, and disposable diapers on hand, if you have small children.
Plan alternate methods of heating your home. All fuel should be stored properly in approved safety containers and wood kept in a dry place.
If you heat with natural gas, check to see whether your system requires electricity to operate. If so, plan another way to heat your home in an outage.
Have handy a UL listed fire extinguisher labeled for class A, B, and C fires, suitable for use on ordinary combustibles, flammable liquids, and electrical fires. Be sure all family members know how to use it.