Emergency Preparedness Tip of the Week: Power Outages

Power outages can be caused by a variety of factors, including storms, accidents, and equipment failures. It’s a good idea to be prepared in case of a power outage, as it can disrupt daily routines and essential services. Here are some steps you can take to prepare for a power outage:

  • Keep emergency supplies on hand: Keep a supply of non-perishable food, water, flashlights, and batteries. It’s also a good idea to have a battery-powered or hand-crank radio to stay informed about the situation.
  • Charge electronic devices: Charge your phone, laptop, and other electronic devices in case you need to use them during the outage.
  • Know how to manually open your garage door: If you have an electric garage door, make sure you know how to open it manually in case the power is out.
  • Know how to shut off your appliances: If you have appliances that use natural gas or propane, such as a stove or water heater, know how to shut them off in case of a power outage.
  • Keep a list of emergency phone numbers: Keep a list of emergency phone numbers, including the power company and local authorities, in an easily accessible place.

By taking these steps, you can be better prepared in case of a power outage.