At Home: Must-have supplies to survive storms, power outages

Key items: Flashlights, batteries, water

Having properly working flashlights could play a critical and vital role in the case of a short-term or long-term power outage. (Dreamstime)

Being caught off guard in the case of a natural disaster or sudden power or water outage may not only be inconvenient, but it also may be devastating and costly.


Being properly prepared for the what-if’s may come in handy and be potentially life-saving in the case of an emergency. Here are some must-haves for your home:

Flashlight and batteries.

Tarps. Tarps come in different strengths and sizes and can be used for various applications.

At least four jugs of water. In the case of a power outage, there will come a point when toilets will no longer be able to flush and water will drain from faucets.

More than one source of communication. For example, be sure to have both a landline and cellphone in case one goes down. Have backup for Wi-Fi connections. Also, consider purchasing a portable, battery-operated radio that will inform you of important updates.

Generators. Whether it’s a standby generator or one that is portable, a generator can help you weather the storm with your power on.