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2. Keep a first aid kit handy. You never know what emergency might happen during a power outage, so it's wise to stay prepared with a few days' worth of medication. Your first aid kit should include bandages (various sizes), gauze, tape, scissors, antiseptic solution such as hydrogen peroxide, antibiotic ointment such as Neosporin, and pain medicine. You can buy first aid kits at various drugstores or assemble your own. Keep a stash of batteries. Make an inventory of the different kinds of batteries your electronics use instead of assuming they all run on double- A or triple-A. Buy batteries in bulk — more than you think you'll need — so that you'll have a good amount in case of a prolonged outage. 3. Have your power company's number stored. If and when the power outage does occurs, inform them (once will do) and they'll give you an estimate of when you can expect to get electricity back. Knowledge is power.
If you need to know how to prepare for a power outage, then this is the article for you! Perhaps a storm is bearing down on you, or a power line has been compromised. I know firsthand, as do many other New Jerseyans, how inconvenient it is to be without power, a lesson that was driven home solidly by Superstorm Sandy last year. But now, with winter here, the liklihood of power outages is a very real possibility. However, you can follow these simple steps to stay one step ahead of a power outage and minimize the inconveniences it will bring with it. 1. Purchase lightable objects. Gather all the things that may provide light, such as a flashlight, candles, glowsticks, etc., and place them in an easily accessible area. Attach iridescent or glow in the dark stickers on flashlights so that they can be easily located in little or no light. Keep glowsticks in the freezer. The cool temper- ature in your freezer will slow the rate of reaction in the glowstick and make it last for 4-5 days instead of one or two. Stick candles in pots that are deeper than the candle is long. That way, the light will reflect off of the side of the pot, creating more light, and will lessen the likelihood of a fire.