• Disaster Preparedness

  • Power Outages

    Power outages in our area are common. 

    Take some steps to be prepared:
    · Build an  emergency preparedness kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
    · Make sure you have alternative charging methods for your phone or any device that requires power. If you use your car to re-charge devices, do NOT keep the car running in a garage, partially enclosed space, or close to a home, this can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
    · Charge cell phones and any battery powered devices before a storm approaches.
    · Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage door opener is located and how to operate it.
    · Purchase ice or freeze water-filled plastic containers to help keep food cold during a temporary power outage.
    · Keep your car's gas tank full.
    · If you rely on anything that is battery-operated or power dependent like a medical device determine a back-up plan.

    If your power is lost, follow these tips:

    · Only use flashlights for emergency lighting, candles can cause fires.
    · Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Most food requiring refrigeration can be kept safely in a closed refrigerator for several hours. An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours.
    · Take steps to remain cool if it is hot outside. If you remain at home, move to the lowest level of your home, since cool air falls. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Drink plenty of water, even if you do not feel thirsty.
    · If it is cold out, put on layers of warm clothing if it is cold outside. Never burn charcoal for heating or cooking indoors. Never use your oven as a source of heat. If the power may be out for a prolonged period, plan to go to another location (the home of a relative or friend, or a public facility) that has heat to keep warm.
    · Turn off or disconnect appliances and other equipment in case of a momentary power "surge" that can damage computers and other devices. Consider adding surge protectors.
    · If you are considering purchasing a generator for your home, consult an electrician or engineer before purchasing and installing.
    · Only use generators away from your home and NEVER run a generator inside a home or garage.