Your emergency kit needs items that do not require electricity

    As many people in the Western Upstate of South Carolina know, we have had emergency situations in recent years.  In order to prepare for them, you need your survival kit.

    But, what’s in yours?

    Sure, there are the basic essentials such as first aid items.  But, what else do you have in your kit?  The Powell Group at Keller Williams suggests some things you may not have thought about.

    A battery-powered flashlight is essential in emergencies
    A battery-powered flashlight is essential in emergencies

    Firstly, do you have a battery-powered flashlight or radio?  If the power goes out for an extended amount of time, your alarm clock will be useless because you won’t have electricity to run it.  So, invest in a flashlight or radio so you can keep up with any news and progress about your area.

    Secondly, it may be a wise investment to get a wireless cell phone charger.  Many stores sell them now, and they are easy to use.  You will be able to charge the phone without plugging anything in.  It’ll come in handy when you need to look up things while the power is out.

    Next, it may go without saying that you need bottled water, but people need to realize the necessity of it.  You may be able to run water from the sink or shower.  But, because the electricity isn’t running, neither will your water heater.  That means you won’t have any hot water to take a shower.

    Non-perishable food is essential in emergencies if you don't have electricity
    Non-perishable food is essential for emergencies if you don’t have electricity

    The water can (obviously) also be used for drinking.  During an emergency, you may not be able to trust your sink as well as when the electricity runs – especially if you use an electrical device to filter the water.  Bottled water is your best bet in this situation.

    Lastly, you’ll also need to think about non-perishable food.  Since your electricity isn’t running, your stove or oven won’t work either.  So, break out the can opener, bagged food or boxed food (like granola bars, nuts, or canned pasta) and get the fork.  You’ll need them!

    The Powell Group encourages you to make sure you are prepared in case of an emergency.  Our team members can guide you through the required steps and suggest any other items you will need.

    If you are moving within the Western Upstate of South Carolina, log on to our website and have a look at our beautiful homes.  We are sure you will find exactly what you are looking for.

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