Have a PLAN - Be Proactive
I live in hot, humid Hollywood, FL and we are all anticipating major power 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.