No utility can prevent all power outages, especially when winter wind and snow storms hit the area and trees take down power lines. 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.