When an NV Energy power outage occurs, taking precautionary steps to make getting through it as easily as possible provides security. Making sure that you at least have the basics will decrease panic and allow you to think more clearly in an emergency.
Basic Emergency Preparedness and Power Outage Tips
Having a few simple things on hand will make all the difference when electricity is no longer in the equation. Ready.gov has a wealth of factoids, information, and helpful resources on emergency preparedness.
Emergency Preparedness Basics: 72-Hour Kits
When the power goes out, it is typically only for a couple of hours, but there are instances when outages can last much longer. Knowledge of what you need in these emergencies is the first step toward optimizing your Reno home’s emergency preparedness.
You will want to make sure that you have at least 1 gallon of water per person per day for three days. This water supply would be not only for drinking, but also for sanitation. The human body can survive much longer on a smaller amount of water than 1 gallon per person per day.
Ensuring you have 3 days of non-perishable food for each person is also advisable. Canned food that doesn’t need heat is your safest bet, but dried meals are a more cost-effective option in terms of shelf life and viability.
Essential Electronics-powering Tools
Some essential electronics you’ll need are flashlights, battery banks and other devices such as a hand crank radio and a cell phone with a charger as well. You will want to stock-up on batteries; It doesn’t help to have a flashlight or phone if your batteries don’t work.
First Aid Items
You can easily get a good First Aid kit at your local supermarket. You may want to make sure that you have extra moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties.
Having a manual can opener for your non-perishable food is also important. If you run out of power in the wilderness, having a whistle to be able to call for help can prove useful as well. Although battery banks and portable solar panels with battery backup are great, factors like inversion or inclement weather can prevent the storage of energy and electricity for use in the wilderness.
If the air is contaminated, having a face mask, duct tape, and plastic sheeting is helpful in the event of a natural disaster.
You will also want to have your emergency kit in an easy-to-carry bag or tub. This will allow you to quickly grab everything at once without the chance of forgetting an important item.
Precautions to Take During an Outage
Knowing what to do during a power outage will help you stay calm and have the best chance of making it through the outage unscathed. After all, what could be worse than being in the middle of a power outage with screaming or crying kids and no plan for handling the situation.
Lighting for Natural Disasters
During a power outage or natural disaster that solar can save you from, you will want to use flashlights, not candles, as your emergency source of light. However, having candles as a flashlight backup alternative isn’t a bad idea, either.
Make sure that your fridge and freezer are closed throughout the entire power outage if possible. If your fridge is closed, it will keep cool for 4 hours. If your freezer is full, it will keep for 48 hours.
Surviving Temperature Extremes
If it is hot outside, you will want to stay hydrated and cool. Going to a home or facility that has air conditioning will be your best bet of bypassing heat exhaustion. Likewise, when the temperatures are freezing, you will want to have plenty of blankets and hand warmers with you to see if there is a place you can go for better heating.
Appliances and Electronics
Make sure that all your appliances and electronics in your Nevada home are unplugged from electrical outlets. This will ensure safety in case of a power surge.
How to use Battery Backup in an Emergency
Having the basics will help you get by, but having battery backup will make it much easier and in some cases, it is a necessity. If you or someone you know needs an oxygen machine, for instance, a photovoltaic system with battery backup could be the difference between life and death when a natural disaster occurs.
The Convenience of Battery Backup
Although your fridge will keep its temperature for 4 hours after the power outage occurs, having battery backup allows you to not worry about your food going bad at all. Instead of being the one looking for somewhere to stay, you will become the lodestar for friends and family in need, and that is a great way to make oneself valuable as a Nevada citizen.
Situations where Battery Backup is a Must-Have
Not having oxygen due to a power outage should never be an issue, and it won’t be if you are prepared with emergency battery backup. Go Solar Group installs emergency battery backup with each solar array they install, and is an approved installer of Power Walls.