To help families struggling through power outages and severe weather, Cleo Guides provide their best tips for preparing for, living through, and making the best of a power outage.
Power outages can turn life upside down for families, especially with kids and parents all at home. During severe weather, power outages can go from an inconvenience to dangerous and families are particularly at risk. To help Cleo Members before and during power outages, our Cleo Guides pulled together their best advice for how to manage. See below for a selection of content from the Cleo app.
When your power goes out, regular life gets disrupted. Without the internet, it’s hard to communicate, let alone work. Your food will go bad, and it’s tough to keep children and loved ones safe. While a power outage can happen unexpectedly, you can prepare. Here are some resources to help:
During a power outage, you want to make sure you:
It’s crucial to practice food safety during power outages. Food poisoning can cause cramps, diarrhea, fever, and nausea, and make an already difficult situation even worse. Here are some ways to prepare for and manage food safety during power outages.
Items to gather ahead of power outages:
Practice food safety during a power outage:
You can find a full list of perishable foods on the USDA website. Always check for food labels that indicate products must be refrigerated after opening. If your power has still not returned after 4 hours, it’s time to eat or throw out some of your perishable foods including:
Keep your food cold:
If your refrigerator has been without power for 4 hours, you can transfer unspoiled foods to a cooler that is filled with ice or frozen gel packs. Use a thermometer to keep the temperature in the cooler at 40°F/4.44°C.During a snowstorm, do not place perishable foods outside or buried in the snow, where they can be exposed to germs and hungry animals. Instead, make ice by filling buckets or cans with water and leaving it outside to freeze and use in your refrigerator, freezer, or coolers. Remember to leave space in your container for the ice to expand as it freezes.
For breastfeeding or chestfeeding parents who pump and store milk, electricity is crucial. If you find yourself without power, here are some things you can do:
If you have a stash of frozen milk in your freezer and don’t have power, here are some things you can do:
No power means no screens, so parents have to get creative about how they entertain their little ones. While it’s light out, take the chance to get active, either inside or outside. Other power-free activities include: telling stories, building forts, “camping” in the living room, going on a bear hunt, playing cards, playing charades, doing a puzzle, or trying some yoga.
Use flashlights instead of candles to prevent any fire hazard. If you have enough, designate a flashlight for each member of the family and play a game of flashlight tag. If you have battery-powered fairy lights, they can be a fun way to create light for nighttime reading. If your heat is impacted and you’re worried your child may be cold, dress them in layers before bed. For infants, it’s still important to keep their beds free of blankets. But a thicker sleep sack will help keep them warm.
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