This by no means is a complete list, it is intended to make you think and catalog your own resources and maybe help you get started.
Household/ Home infrastructure / Communication:
Assuming power is out for the short term emergency scenario, do you want your basic home operations to function? Or will you “rough it”?
Do you have a generator? (don’t forget fuel storage)
If you want heat? – is your furnace gas, wood, or electric? * How many furnaces does your house have? Do you have a fireplace?
Cooking - Is the oven gas of electric? *
*Note: even most gas appliances require some electric for pilot/air movement.
Do you have a freezer that you must power?
Do you have a radio & batteries?
Do you have land phone line or just mobile phones?
Get a small DC to AC inverter for the car <$50 at Walmart.
Think Flash lights, candles, blankets & sleeping bags. Consider disposable paper plates, cups, utensils for use in an extended emergency. Make sure you have everything to “camp out” at home.
- Make sure you have some cash on hand for purchases, if ATM’s, debit cards, etc are offline in a regional or national power issue.
- Make sure you cover the basic essentials: Store a month’s worth toilet paper, paper towels, female hygiene and other sanitary needs for the family.
- Learn to cook/prepare food without electric.
- VERY important – make sure you have all necessary prescription meds and first-aid supplies on hand.
- Don’t forget cleaning supplies.
- Have a fire extinguisher; if you are using lamps and candles, be prepared if needed.
- Get a generator & fuel. A whole house unit will cost 4-6K installed (run on propane, natural gas, or diesel). Smaller portable will work for the essentials.
- Assemble a car emergency kit also. Prepare to be “stuck” for three days, and put a bag in the trunk containing clothes, flashlight, non-perishable food, water, first-aid, etc.