The storm has come and gone, you've returned home safely, but there's one problem... the power is out! Now what? Here are some things you should and shouldn't do when the power goes out:
1) Be prepared - the right equipment will help make sure you can power the things that need it the most; batteries and generators will be your saving grace if the power is out for an extended period of time.
2) Get cooking - if it looks like the power will be out for a while, and you have a fireplace or a camp fire stove, cook as much perishable food as you can before it goes bad, just don't keep the fridge door open long or you risk things spoiling quicker. Cooked food lasts longer and cooking will make the time fly by. *Important tip - ALWAYS have non-perishable food available for during and after a storm! (*and don't forget to have a mechanical can opener for when there's no power for your electric one)
3) Stay hydrated - unless you are on a well, more often than not, water is still running when power is not, but even if it isn't, you should have a stockpile of bottled water in your emergency kit. Staying hydrated will help everyone survive the summer heat, and hopefully keep hot tempers at bay.
4) Listen to the radio - a weather radio is essential to keeping safe after the storm. Even after the major storm has hit, smaller storms, and even tornadoes can follow. Keep an ear on the radio to make sure you're aware of any additional bad weather.
5) Have some fun - here's a list of 100 things you can do for fun when the power goes out - http://rochester.kidsoutandabout.com/content/100-things-do-kids-during-power-outage
6) Sleep - chances are between packing and evacuating, you haven't gotten much, and nothing passes time quicker!