18 Prep Steps for Rolling Browns Outs Headed Our Way

By
Commercial Real Estate Agent with Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach 0516472

Have a PLAN - Be Proactive


I live in hot, humid Hollywood, FL and we are all anticipating major p
ower outages during the dog days of summer due to tropical storms, hurricanes and the new green energy plans. This is not only going to happen here but across the USA. 

1. Close off the rooms that will get the hottest.  In my case, I have sunrise and sunset.  In the morning I keep the blockout drapes closed on the east side of my condo until midday.  In the late afternoon, I close the block out drapes on the west side and use ceiling fans along with my air conditioner

2. Clean your clutter.  Air flows better with less obstacles in the room.

3. Have one gallon of water per day, per person in the household.  Start to refill your juice bottles now and store them in a cool place. Make ice cubes and have them ready to fill a cooler or two so the refrigerator and freezer are not opened more than necessary.

4. Once the first outage occurs, put some bottles of water in the freezer to add to coolers later on and/or for drinking purposes.

5. Have some spray bottles of water to keep hydrated as well as drinking water versus soda or alcohol.   

6. Place a washcloth in a plastic bag after you wet it for each member of the household to wipe off the body sweat during the day. Older people and the youngest die from heat stroke.  You can also wet bandannas to place around your neck to keep cool.

7. Purchase battery powered fans now.

8. Wear loose-fitting light-colored clothing. Dark colors absorb more heat.

 

9. Seal, caulk or weather strip all your windows and doors now. Look for light coming through doors and windows.


10.
Purchase camping gear and propane because the oven will no longer be an option for cooking. Only use this gear outside.

11. Plan some meals that require less work. Eat your largest meal in the morning and

Lighter meals late afternoon.  Avoid salty snacks. Cook what is in the freezer first.

12.In the morning boil a huge pot of water that can be used for multiple purposes: coffee, tea, eggs, making pasta and rinsing off those washcloths from the day before with a little dawn.

This pasta salad can include peppers, black olives, tomatoes and parmesan cheese and served cold.  It will be tasty and filling. This means purchasing these items in advance in glass jars or cans NOW.  Have a manual can opener available.  Do not use hot spices that make you sweat more. Watermelon, leafy greens, celery, cucumbers, and tomatoes all contain mostly water. Not only do they taste great, but they help keep you hydrated.

13. Fill the bathtub with water to flush your toilets.

14. Buy a child’s pool and fill it with water to soak your feet which cools your insides.

15. Park your car in the shade.  Hot sun and high heat drain the battery life of these high-tech vehicles.

16. Unplug any devices that are valuable or sensitive to electricity. Buy power strips ahead of time that can help with power surges, so your devices do not burn up.  Whole home surge protection can be installed into your service panel by a licensed and insured electrician in case you are not home when this brownout occurs.

 

17. Buy a generator and test it.  Never use it indoors.  Make sure you have the oil necessary to replace for long term use.

18.Trim your trees now.  Don’t be the cause of a transmission station going dark because of tree limbs that fall on the power grid.

Please feel free to add additional suggestions 

Thunderstorms, high heat above 90 degrees, downed trees, corroded circuit breakers cause brownouts and then blackouts which last 30 minutes to days in some instances.

 

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Comments (10)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Eileen... right now I'm so angry that this even has to happen in the USA in the 21st century I can hardly stand to think about being prepared. It's like being in a third world country. But that being said, great tips!

Jun 18, 2022 10:50 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Eileen,

These are great tips in your post.....thank you for sharing.....always better to be prepared. I agree with Nina Hollander, Broker its ridiculous for this to be happening in the USA in the 21st century!

Jun 18, 2022 11:17 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

Wow, when you look over the 18 steps you realize being a homeowner, the work never ends, Bill 

Jun 18, 2022 11:18 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Eileen Burns  This is a great article and many good tips we can all  use. Fill the tub with water for flushing...such a good idea.

Jun 18, 2022 11:20 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Eileen- these are good tips for all of us. Our community has had a lot of power outages but we believe it to be transformers and other equipment that needs to be updated. I am relieved that Larry set us up with a generator!!!

Jun 18, 2022 12:02 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

 Hi Eileen Burns 

     Water.  Many people are unprepared for the lack of water that often accompanies power outages.   The municipal water system shuts down, or the pumping network in your condo tower goes out, and now the water is gone.   Toilets don't flush, no water to drink or wash with, etc.    

     Where we live now, we are subject to frequent power outages (way up in the Blue Ridge Mountains).   When our power goes out, our well pump stops pumping.  We keep several one-gallon water jugs in each bathroom, for the toilets.  We have more water jugs in the kitchen, and more in the storage room.  You can't have too much.

  And may I add, battery-powered lanterns and flashlights, and/or oil lamps.  

    

 

Jun 18, 2022 01:08 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It is hot in my area too but I sure am glad that we don't have much humidity.  I hope that you will stay cool.

Jun 19, 2022 05:49 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Eileen, humidity doesn't sound fun, we usually don't have much, but has been 30-50% lately.   Great list to get prepared!

Jun 19, 2022 07:43 AM
Norbert Fabre, MRSA
Indoor Microbial Specialist IMS - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Mold Inspector & Mold Assessor

Hi Eileen Burns its been a while! Thanks for the tips. I will keep #13 if we have any storms coming this year. If it does I hoe is not that bad. 🤞

Jun 20, 2022 06:11 AM
Eileen Burns

good to know when you are new to the area Norbert

Jun 20, 2022 08:32 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Hello Eileen.  Lots to think about when utilities go off, even temporarily.  Our precautions lean more towards winter events.  m

Jun 21, 2022 03:24 AM