How to Prepare for a Power Outage [The Definitive Guide]

M.D. Creekmore

I've been interested in self-reliance topics for over 25 years. I’m the author of four books that you can find here. Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about prepping, homesteading, and self-reliance topics through first-hand experience and now I want to share what I’ve learned with you.

8 Responses

  1. Mary in mn says:

    Very informative. We will be soon getting a detached root cellar/tornado shelter. I plan to stock it with cots, food, and anything needed for an emergency. The article gave me lots to think about. Thanks.

  2. Bobbo says:

    Good info on sleeping preps!
    Good info on filling bathtub(s) immediately.
    I dislike bugs in any weather, thanks.

  3. Tom Jackson says:

    I like your artical as well. My suggestion to anyone who plans on using candles during a power outage is to buy a few candle lanterns. These make using lit candles a whole lot safer and the candles will burn longer when not affected by drafts.

  4. Linda S says:

    Informative, succinct article. One thing I rarely see mentioned is, Keep your house clean & dishes and laundry done. It makes life in general so much easier.

  5. Erik says:

    I just found your blog through the prepper website and glad I did. Good article. Keying in on the important things that can make a power outage bearable or even happily liveable.

    I wrote a blog today that focuses on having light while the power is out (which certainly happens from time to time in the wintery north where I live). A friend of mine turned me on to Luci lights. They are fantastic. Solar charged lights that blow up like a beach ball. If you get a chance you should check them out.

    Not to crash your blog with a shameless plug, but you can read more about them on my blog post if you’re interested:

  6. mr.e man says:

    For lights when the power is out I keep several solar lights outside for normal use. I use lights that have AA rechargeable batteries. When the power is out I just bring them inside. If needed you’ll have the batteries for other needs.

  7. Chad says:

    Great article!
    Want to add that over the years I’ve noticed many bathtubs with mechanical stoppers will slowly leak, often not noticeable during baths. Be sure to get a large flat, rubber stopper or similar so as not to lose your water.
    I keep a few of the old Aladdin type lanterns around and extra wicks. I buy very clean burning fuel in plastic gallon jugs at wallymart or home depot. Lamps also stay cleaner. These put off a lot of light and some heat but be sure to place away from kids. Also dont tighten the glass chimney very tight, just barely. It will tighten as it heats. I learned the hard way and shattered the original 1930’s chimney and had to buy a $20 replacement.
    I have multiple APC battery backups used as surge protectors on pc and TV. These store plenty of power to charge phones, laptops, or to power a table lamp with an LED bulb for hours upon hours.