No Power

Blackouts and power outages vary in cause and duration. Creating and maintaining your family preparedness kit is especially important with the unpredictability of power outages. Kits should include food, water and prescription medications for at least three days and, ideally, two weeks.

To prepare for a power outage consider these tips:

  • Avoid using candles, which are fire hazards, for light.
  • Fill plastic containers with water and freeze; use to preserve medications that require refrigeration.
  • Gas stoves can cause carbon monoxide poisoning and should not be used for heating.
  • When using a gasoline powered generator, follow manufacturer’s operation guidelines including placing generator outside to avoid carbon monoxide buildup.
  • Have at least one flashlight with extra batteries per person in your home.
  • Learn how to disengage electric garage door openers for manual operation.
  • Utilize surge protectors on electronic equipment to protect from fluctuating power levels.
  • Keep some cash at home as automated teller machines (ATMs) and debit/credit card machines at retailers may not operate without electricity.
  • Plan alternative communication methods with family and friends other than land-line phones. Keep in mind cell phones require electricity to charge. Consider purchasing a battery/hand-crank powered weather radio with a receptacle for recharging cell phones.
  • Treat all non-functioning traffic signals as stops signs.
  • Consider working with your local Office of Emergency Management in times of large-scale or long-term outages.

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