There’s an immediate sense of dread that comes over people when the lights go out unexpectedly. Suddenly, the persistent electrical hum of the modern age ceases, seemingly throwing us back into the Dark Ages.

Of course, most people get over this sensation pretty quickly. Power outages are a common aspect of modern life and it’s one we should be prepared to deal with. Follow these tips for handling with a blackout and you’ll make it through comfortably and safely.

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Emergency Checklist: Be Prepared Before It Happens

In 2008, the Gulf Coast was hit by the second-costliest (in terms of monetary damage) storm in American history. Hurricane Ike was not a fun experience and for anyone that lived through it, disaster preparation will never be a low priority ever again. The residents of Houston, Texas were left without power for a week following the storm. Within days, locals were describing the 4th largest city in the United States as, “Some place lost in the 1930s.”

For an entire week, people in many parts of Houston were left without power or basic utilities. Many could have greatly improved their overall comfort, well-being, and safety by simply preparing for the disaster before it occurred.

To prepare for a disaster, follow this simple emergency check list:

  1. Know What Disasters Are Most Likely To Effect Your Area
  2. Know Your Evacuation Routes
  3. Create a Basic Emergency Supply Kit
  4. Write Down the Important Information
  5. Have a Family Meeting

Here’s printable emergency checklist you can use for your own disaster preparations:

Download a PDF version of the Emergency Checklist

Using Your Home Security System in a Power Outage or Disaster

A wireless home alarm system from Protect America can greatly improve your safety during a blackout or disaster. After preparing for disaster by following the emergency checklist, you might want to think about a home security system for additional protection.

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Wireless home security systems typically include a battery backup that allows the system to remain operational for up to 24 hours after being disconnected from the primary power supply. During a blackout, your wireless home security system can still contact police while alerting residences and neighbors of unauthorized entry. Burglars are opportunists and they often take advantage of the low visibility.

For dealing with a power outage or disaster, a wireless home security system with a cellular monitoring solution is the safest bet. With a cellular monitoring option, wireless security systems can contact a monitoring station despite a local power outage. If you decide to use a broadband-based monitoring option, it’s best to get an additional battery backup for your Internet router or else your system cannot contact outside help in the even of a break in.