Preparing for Power Outages from Winter Storms

Preparing for Power Outages from Winter Storms

 

Winter can be a beautiful time of the year with white snow and sparkling ice, but that same winter weather can also wreak havoc on communities. It can causephoca_thumb_l_polesdownonice&snowcoveredroad roads to be treacherous, schools to be closed, and sometimes your power to go out. Making plans now for a potential power outage can make riding out a prolonged power outage safer and more comfortable.

A good way to help keep your family safe and comfortable during a winter storm is to put an emergency kit together. Safe Electricity offers the following list of items to help you prepare your kit:

  • Water – stock up on bottled water for consumption
  • Food – have at least enough for 3 to 7 days that includes non-perishable packaged or canned foods, juices, foods for infants or the elderly, and snack foods
  • Utensils – include a non-electric can opener, cooking tools, paper plates, and plastic utensils
  • Blankets, pillows, and warm clothing items
  • First aid kit, medicine, and prescription drugs
  • Toiletries, hygiene items, moist towelettes
  • Flashlight and batteries – be sure to include extra batteries
  • Radio and clock – use battery-operated radios and clocks; also consider purchasing a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio
  • Telephone – keep cell phone chargers (wall, car, and/or solar) on hand and, if you have a landline, a traditional (not cordless) telephone set
    • Emergency numbers – keep a list of emergency telephone numbers, including the local utility company
    • Cash and credit cards
    • Important documents
    • Tools – keep a set in your kit; can include duct tape, screw drivers, pliers, wrench, work gloves, safety goggles, etc.
    • Toys, books, and games
    • Pet-care items
    • Supplies for any alternate heating methods your home may have, such as a fireplace or wood-burning stove

For more information on how to prepare for a winter storm and how to keep your family safe during and after a winter storm, visit SafeElectricity.org.