Preparing for Outages
Make a safety kit.
Items to include:
- Battery-powered radio
- Extra batteries for flashlights and radio
- A three-day supply of nonperishable food and water for everyone in your household
- Manual can opener
- Blankets and warm sweaters
- First-aid supplies
- Extra cash (in case local ATMs are down)
- Outage Safety checklist
Store your safety kit in a place that's easy to find in the dark and make sure everyone in your family knows where it is kept. Review with children what to do if an outage happens while they are with a sitter or home alone.
Make arrangements for medical equipment.
If you or someone in your care has a condition that requires continuous or special medication or life support
systems, or if your medications require constant refrigeration, contact your doctor about how to prepare for power outages.