How to Prepare for a Power Outage

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In the event of a power outage, conventional methods fail leaving us with only limited resources and means to provide for our most basic needs.

Prepare your home and protect your family from the threat of power outages with the following tips:

Before an outage:

Purchase supplies and know where they’re located in your home:
     -Batteries for smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
     -Flashlights and radio with batteries
     -Medication and battery backup for necessary medical devices
     -Non-perishable food items and water
     -Manual can opener
     -Blankets and sleeping bags
     -Entertainment for you and kids such as puzzles, books, magazines, or playing cards
Charge your cell phone and computer
Fill your car up with gas
Withdraw cash from the bank
Fill freezer bags with ice to keep food cold in both refrigerator and freezer
Apply duct tape to bathtub drain and fill bathtub with water for later use
Fill buckets and jugs with water
Identify alternative shelter (if necessary)

During an outage-
Call utility provider to report outage
Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed
Use a bucket of water to flush the toilet if necessary
Unplug electronic devices before the power comes back on to prevent damage from power surges
Use car charger to charge your phone in your car