Preparing for an Outage
Dangerous storms can occur at any time of year, so be prepared for the storm and a possible power outage.
It doesn't take a lot of money or time to prepare for a storm, but it does require some pre-storm planning.
- Know the location of your emergency supplies; place your insurance policies and important family documents in a safe place.
- Check to see if shrubs or trees need trimming or if you have any weak limbs. Be particularly careful when working near power lines. Also, remove items near the home that could possibly become airborne (toys, trash cans, etc.)
- Listen to local radio or TV stations for up-to-date storm information.
- Fill your gas tank before a storm arrives, gas pumps do not work without electricity. Automatic teller machines will also shut down if the power goes out, so have some cash on hand.
- Stock emergency water and drinks. Keep containers handy so that you can fill them with tap water if severe weather approaches.
- Stock dry or canned goods in one part of a pantry or in a designated kitchen cabinet.
See Emergency Supply Kit for details.