Make sure to
Take inventory of items you need that require electricity and keep a stock of batteries for them. Have a flashlight and batteries for each member of your home.
Have a plan in place for any medical devices or refrigerated medicine if you lose power. Make sure you have enough supplies and medication on hand. Talk with your pharmacist/local pharmacy about how long medication can withstand higher temperatures.
If you have a chronic condition or critical illness that requires power, check if your city or electric company allows you to register as a critical load customer.
How much water is enough?
3 Days worth of water
1 Adult = 3 Gal
1 Child = 1.5 Gal
1 Dog = .5 Gal
1 Cat = .3 Gal
Create a support network – Identify people who can help you stay at home or evacuate during an extended power outage.
Sign up for
Sign up for alert systems and apps for text updates.BE INFORMED
CHECK POWER OUTAGES
When a major storm approaches, check power outages in your area frequently.
Keep all refrigerators and freezers closed to preserve food and use coolers full of ice if necessary. Eat your fresh, perishable foods first. An unopened refrigerator will keep foods cold for about 4 hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed. Monitor the temperature by keeping a thermometer inside.
Turn off your
Turn off the utilities only if you suspect damage or if local officials instruct you to do so. Your gas line can only be turned on by a qualified professional. If any circuit breakers have been tripped, contact an electrician to inspect them before turning them on.
Unplug appliances and electronics to avoid power overloads or damage from power surges.
Check on your neighbors. Older adults and young children are especially vulnerable to extreme temperatures.
Go to a community location with power if heat or cold is extreme.
Check your local news
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Install carbon monoxide detectors with battery backup on each floor of your home. Don’t use a gas stove to heat your home. Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning and only use generators, camp stoves, and charcoal grills outside and at least 20 feet away from any structure. Once power is being restored, shut down your generator and store it properly. Have generator outside/not in garage.
Differences in air pressure and temperature between the inside and outside can create a draft that pulls exhaust fumes into the home. Don’t forget that your generator exhaust could affect your neighbors, too.
Never set up the generator in the rain. Specially designed generator tents made to fit over your generator will protect it from the rain but follow all the safety rules in the manual.
Only purchase and use extension cords rated for outdoor use that match the circuit breaker of the generator outlet. 20-amp outlets require a 20-amp extension cord. Accidentally overloading the cord is a serious fire hazard and burn hazard. Always use 3-wire extension cords and never attempt to defeat the ground blade.
Let the generator cool before refueling. Fuel spilled on hot engine parts can ignite.
AFTER THE POWER OUTAGE
What should you do?
any food exposed to temperatures 40 degrees or higher for two hours or more or that has an unusual odor, color, or texture. When in doubt, throw it out!
If the power is out
for more than a day, discard any medication that should be refrigerated unless the drug’s label says otherwise and consult your doctor or pharmacist immediately for a new supply.
KEEP YOUR DISTANCE
Stay at least 35 feet
away from fallen power lines and blown transformers and anything they are touching. Call 911 and let them know.
Don't go into
flooded areas or use any electrical equipment or electronics that may have been submerged. Have a qualified electrical inspector check the electrical system.
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