Outage Preparation

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  • Flashlights (head-lamps and battery-powered lanterns allow for hands-free operation)
  • Candles (enclosed in glass mantle for safety)
  • Battery powered and/or hand-crank radio (NOAA weather station capable is best)
  • Extra batteries (for flashlights, radio, essential electronics)
  • Important family and emergency contact information (written down on paper, in case cell phones/electronic contact list is unavailable)
  • Stock ready-to-eat, non-perishable, no-cook foods
  • Stock emergency water supplies (one gallon, per person, per day) in case local well or city water systems are unavailable)
  • Stock wood for wood-stove/fireplace
  • Keep cell phones charged
  • Be familiar with location and operation of your indoor breaker panel (complete with labels) to reset circuit breakers if necessary
  • Know how to manually open your garage door
  • Have a family safety plan, including how/where to evacuate if necessary and where to meet
  • Purchase ice - to surround food with in the cooler or refrigerator or freezer
  • Keep a digital thermometer handy to quickly ensure food is cold enough to eat safely (less than 40 degrees Fahrenheit)