Blackout Preparedness Information
Power outages can be a minor inconvenience or, in the event of a prolonged or widespread outage, a major catastrophe. Have you considered what you and your family would do if the power was out for days or if your entire community or city was without power for a prolonged period of time?
Building an emergency kit and making a plan with your family can help keep you and your family as safe and comfortable as possible in a variety of emergency situations.
Emergency Kit Checklist
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Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to keep food fresh.
Food can remain cold in your unopened refrigerator for up to 4 hours.
Water treatment plants may be impacted, so ensure you have safe drinking water.
Include a supply of non-perishable food and plenty of drinking water in your emergency kit.
Ensure back-up batteries or a power source such as a generator is available to power life-sustaining medical equipment.
Make a plan to store medications that require refrigeration.
Keep a radio or battery powered television handy to receive updates and information.
Stay or Go checklist
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Access to Information
A battery powered radio may be the only method of communication if televisions, cell phones, and computers are without power.
A back-up battery charger for your cell phone may be helpful for shorter power outages.
Remember to keep extra batteries for all battery powered devices.