Here's a few preparation tips you can make so the next long-term power outage isn't quite so much of a burden:
It’s important to know the utility company’s phone number, and have it programmed into your phone. It can help to call FPL immediately to report the situation. They're often able to give an estimate about the duration of the power outage.
2 - Maintain a Good Water Source
In case you have a standard electric well pump, a power outage will make you lose water pressure. Therefore, it’s important to keep a few days of water supply. If possible, you should look for a water source near your home.
3 - Keep Car Chargers for Cell Phones
When you have car chargers for your cell phones, you won’t go out of touch with other people. You should plug-in your phone in the car whenever the power is out.
4 - Disconnect Your Garage Door Opener
It’s important to understand how to disconnect a garage door opener. This will help you get the garage out of the car. During a power outage, the garage door opener needs to be handled manually.
5 - Tape Off the Freezer and Fridge
Put masking or painters’ tape over the freezer and fridge doors. This will make sure you don’t mistakenly open them. It will help you keep the refrigerator’s cool air inside. You can even put heavy blankets over the equipment for additional insulation.
6 - Lighters, Candles, Batteries and Flashlights
It’s better to stockpile about 20 or more cheap, large candles to use them as light sources. You should keep several candles in every room, and provide each person with a lighter. When someone leaves or enters a room, the person can blow out or light the candle accordingly. It’s also important to stockpile batteries and provide each person with a flashlight.
7 - Go Outside
One of the great things about living here in South Florida is that the weather is almost always good enough to spend time outside. If the weather’s nice go for a bike ride or walk. You can also get involved with some other activity to keep your mind cool, and enjoy a good time.
With these simple tips, you can easily wait out around 2-3 days of power outage without losing water and food in the refrigerator. In case you’re out of power longer than this, it’s important to get a generator.
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