Assemble an emergency kit
When the lights go out, the last thing you want is to be running around a dark house looking for essentials. It helps to get a kit together and make sure everyone in the household knows where it is stored. The NSW State Emergency Service has recommended some handy things to include:
- Torch with spare batteries
- Candles and waterproof matches
- First aid kit (with supplies necessary for your household)
- Copy of any Home Emergency Plans
- Waterproof bag for valuables
- Important papers and emergency contact numbers
If you live in an area that experiences frequent or prolonged outages, you may also want to consider a portable generator.
Your food and water supply
If your water supply relies on electric-powered pumps, it could be an idea to have adequate bottled water on hand1. For cooking, a small camping stove or barbeque can come to the rescue – but remember, these generally aren’t safe to use inside.
With perishable food in your fridge only keeping for up to four hours2, before it becomes unsafe to eat after a power outage, some home insurance policies will allow you to claim for spoiled food. Check your policy documents for details.