Power outages happen every once in awhile here in Arlington. They’re inconvenient. You lose WI-FI access. You can’t watch TV. Your kids can’t play video games. You can make phone calls, and you can screw around on your apps a little too.
But without electricity for a few hours, you’re severely restricted as to what you can do. So, if you find yourself in a situation where you won’t have power, what do you do?
Here’s some ideas:
- First, Make Sure You Have a Plan for Staying Safe
Let’s say there’s a temperature extreme outside. It’s either really hot, or super-cold. If you went outside for more than 15 minutes, you’d put your health at risk.
The first order during a power outage then is to have a plan for staying personally safe. Shed some clothes if it’s hot outside. Bundle up if it’s too cold.
If you’re going to be without power for an entire afternoon, what’s your backup plan? Can you go somewhere public, like the gym or mall to stay comfortable while the power’s out? Do you have a friend, family, or neighbor that does have power where you can go to wait this thing out?
Your personal safety, and your family’s safety, take priority first.
- Time to Have Some Fun!
Assuming that everyone’s going to be safe, use this power outage as an opportunity to have fun. Get out your flashlights and play hide’n’seek in the dark. Tell ghost stories. Get creative and use the power outage as an opportunity to spend time with your family.
- Get Some Exercise
Again, be careful with this one, depending on outdoor conditions. But, assuming they’re reasonable, use this power outage as an opportunity to get some exercise. It’s so easy to get sucked into all the cool things technology does that you forget to take care of your body. Exercise actually increases your energy and releases endorphins which put you in a positive mood. It doesn’t even have to be intense exercise. All you have to do is get your body moving around.
If you live in Arlington, Texas and a power outage strikes, that’s what you can do to make the most of it. Have fun, and stay safe!