Taking Care of children During a Power Outage

With all the talk about power outages from storms, solar storms, grid overload, attacks on our infostructure and more, it is very important we review some basics about taking care of our vulnerable children during a power down situation.

Safety first:

  • Flashlights:¬†Have flashlights and extra batteries readily available.¬†Avoid using candles due to fire hazards.
  • Generators:¬†If using a generator,¬†ensure it’s properly vented and positioned at least 20 feet away from the house.
  • Food:¬†Keep the refrigerator and freezer closed as much as possible.¬†Discard any food that has been above 40¬įF for more than 2 hours.
  • Heat/Cold:¬†Dress your children in layers for temperature fluctuations.¬†If it’s cold,¬†use blankets and sleeping bags to stay warm.

Keeping calm and entertained:

  • Check-in:¬†Acknowledge their feelings and assure them that everything is okay.
  • Activities:¬†Engage them in low-tech activities like storytelling,¬†board games,¬†puzzles,¬†singing songs,¬†or building forts.
  • Stargazing:¬†If the weather permits,¬†step outside and explore the night sky together.
  • Reading:¬†Dust off some books or magazines by flashlight.
  • Humor:¬†Maintain a positive attitude and use humor to lighten the mood.

Additional tips:

  • Prepare an emergency kit:¬†This should include flashlights,¬†batteries,¬†non-perishable food,¬†water,¬†first-aid supplies,¬†and a battery-powered radio.
  • Stay informed:¬†Listen to local news updates for information about the outage and estimated restoration time.
  • Connect with neighbors:¬†Check on neighbors,¬†especially those with elderly or vulnerable people in their homes.

Remember, the most important thing is to stay calm and ensure your children feel safe and secure. Once you have a basic plan in place you can start to build on each idea to prepare for a longer situation.

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