The National Geographic Channel recently aired a program called "American Blackout" depicting a scenario in which the United States suffers a nationwide blackout due to a cyberattack for 10 days. On the surface, a power outage seems inconsequential, but in reality, a power failure can be a disaster of immense proportions.
For an interactive guide to surviving a blackout, checkout Survive the Blackout and learn more about what you can do to prepare your family for an extended outage.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers several tips on planning ahead and preparing for a potential blackout as well as other emergencies. Check out the FEMA website Ready.gov for information about prepping and planning for a blackout.
A few things to remember in the event of a blackout:
- A power outage means no ATMs will be working, so be sure to keep cash on hand at all times.
- Keep your vehicle's gas tank at least half full at all times because a power outage will mean gas pumps will be down.
- Have plenty of flashlights and extra batteries on hand.
- If you don't have a battery-powered radio, invest in one. A hand crank radio would be a better option.
- Keep plenty of non-perishable food items and bottled water on hand.
A power outage can occur at any time, without warning. Planning ahead is the only way you can keep your family safe during any disaster -- whether natural or manmade. Have an emergency plan in place for your family. Talk with your family and go over the disaster plan to make sure everyone knows what to do in the event of a disaster.
Is your family ready for a blackout or other disaster? What have you done to prepare?