No utility can prevent all power outages, especially when winter storms hit the area and trees take down power lines during wind and snow storms. While we hope never to experience a massive and lengthy power outage, it’s still smart to prepare for any power outage by assembling an emergency kit. Ensure your emergency kit is easily accessible in case of a major outage or other emergency situation.

  • Three- to five-day supply of non-perishable food that needs little or no cooking.
  • Manual can opener, bottle opener, and utility knife.
  • Camp stoves, lantern or barbecues can be utilized to prepare other food. NEVER use a camp stove or barbecue indoors! Be sure to use lanterns safely and place on a flat, stable and non-flammable surface.
  • Battery-powered radio, flashlight and clock. Keep batteries separate until you are ready to use them.
  • Extra batteries
  • First-aid kit
  • Bottled water (minimum two quarts per person per day but preferably one gallon per person per day)
  • Candles & Matches in a waterproof container, or a lighter.
  • Cooler (and keep ice or ice packs ready in your freezer)
  • Personal hygiene, sanitary supplies
  • Cash (ATM’s and banks may not be available)
  • Pet supplies.
  • Playing cards, games, and books for entertainment
  • Prescription medications & essential over-the-counter drugs. During a storm or emergency road travel may not be possible for several days.
  • Blankets, pillows and sleeping bags.
  • A list of emergency contact numbers in case of a medical emergency.