Thunderstorms, hailstorms, blizzards and ice storms are all common occurrences in the Northwest Territories. Storms can develop quickly and with little warning, threatening your property and sometimes even your life. When a storm is relentless enough, it can result in power outages.
A power outage may only last a moment, or it may last up to a few weeks! During these times, one wonderful tool to have on hand is a radio that does not depend on electricity, such as our Scorpion Flashlight Radio.
You may want to consider what may be inaccessible during a power outage, and plan to have alternatives ready.
- You may be left without heating
- You may be left without air conditioning
- You may not have lighting
- You may not have hot water
- You may even be left without a phone, once your cell’s battery dies
Any combination of these could pose serious challenges for you.
In case of being left without heat mid-winter, it’s wise to have a non-electric heater or fireplace installed in your home. It’s also a good idea to have an alternate source for heat and/or cooking on hand. This way, you can cook yourself hot food, and heat up water, and warm yourself up from the inside out!
It’s a good idea to stock your supply closet with emergency light sources as well. Consider our Hybrid Solar Charger Lantern! You may benefit from a non-electric charger for your phone, as well! Check out our options for solar-power multi-function chargers under Light & Communication on our website.
As always, when planning for an emergency, you will save yourself some anxiety, fear and maybe even pain, by planning ahead, making a list, and gathering all of your supplies together in one place. This way, a power outage might even be less like an inconvenience and more like an adventure!
For more information on power outages and other emergency preparedness guidelines for the Northwest Territories, have a look at Canada’s Get Prepared Website.
Article contributed by Sophie Wooding – Avid gardener and cyclist in Victoria, BC and Content Writer for Frontier.io