But preppers know that things often go wrong when you least expect them to and that you should always be prepared. Make sure you can survive a long-term power outage by stocking up on supplies, food and water before SHTF. (h/t to CribSteward.com)
For the scenario below, you'll need to stock up on supplies under the assumption that the government and utility companies will have power, water, sewage, financial and transportation services back to normal after a couple of months.
When facing any survival scenario, remember the rule of threes:
But even if you're bugging in at home during a long-term power outage, not having access to clean water and not eating for several days will significantly impact your ability to think clearly and take care of your family. (Related: Prepping tips: What to expect when you lose power for one week.)
To prevent this scenario in the first place, start by prepping at least one month's worth of food.
If you're a beginner, the fastest and least expensive way of stocking up on food is by adding more items to your pantry food. First, list down foods and meals that your family likes to eat. Next, buy extra ingredients every time you buy groceries.
Follow the tips below to keep things manageable:
What to buy for your pantry
If your budget allows, buy dehydrated and freeze-dried food at local box stores and online. These items cost more than regular pantry food, but they let you have access to nutrients from fruit, vegetables and meat that canned products may lack.
Dehydrated food has a much longer shelf life than canned food, but the former doesn't last as long as freeze-dried food.
Check the list below if you're not sure what to buy for your stockpile:
When stocking up on water, remember that you need clean water for drinking and more for bathing and other tasks.
You need at least one gallon of water per day per person, but for a long-term power outage, you should have at least three gallons for each family member. If there are four people in your family, you need at least 360 gallons of water for a month.
Before SHTF, consider these options for storing water:
Even if you have a large propane tank and a gas stove, you'll still need an alternative cooking method and plenty of fuel for a long-term power outage.
Consider alternative methods such as:
Stock up emergency light sources so you can safely navigate your home at night during a power outage.
You'll need supplies like:
Before SHTF, prep ahead and stock up on necessities like food, water and various supplies so you can survive a long-term power outage.