With “once-in-a-lifetime” occurrences like COVID-19 and climate change-related weather events — Texas, anyone? — seemingly on the rise, not to mention Canada’s regular dose of winter ice storms and summer thunderstorms and floods, keeping what matters protected is more important than ever. Here are four ways to be prepared, come what may:
Flashlights (and Batteries)
Make sure you always have a supply of flashlights, lanterns and batteries stored in a place that’s accessible and easy to remember. Hand-crank flashlights, lanterns, solar-powered lights and radios can be a smart investment. Avoid candles – they can be a safety hazard if left burning without supervision.
Power Banks and Phone Chargers
For better or worse, we all rely on our mobile devices and know how quickly cell phone batteries can lose their charge. Keep a few power banks handy and consider investing in a solar-power phone charger so you’re always able to stay in touch in an emergency.
Power outages can affect the municipal water supply. Be sure to keep a supply of drinking water in your home.
Also called an automatic backup generator, this helpful device is permanently installed outside your home like an air conditioning unit. Within seconds of the power going out, it will turn on automatically and shut off when the outage is over. Best of all, it’s powerful enough to power your entire home, or select areas, so you’re never left in the cold and dark.