No matter where you live, storm emergencies can happen. Make sure you’re prepared for power outages and natural disasters by reading the steps in this article.
- Keep bottled water in your home. You should have some for drinking, and some in jugs for bathing and flushing the toilet in the event that you have no water.
- Keep flashlights and batteries. You’ll need something portable if you lose power or need to go outside after dark.
- Have candles and matches ready for setting around when the power is out.
- Have warm blankets and quilts available in case you lose power in the winter.
- If you have a cell phone, keep it charged in case your land line goes out. You may want to keep a prepaid phone on hand just for emergencies if you don’t have a cell phone for daily use.
- Keep a list of important numbers (family, utilities and emergency services) in an easily accessible location so you can call for help if you need it.
- Have a battery powered or wind-up radio, so you can listen to important news and weather reports while the power is out.
- Have canned goods that can be eaten cold, and other edible-from-the-package food items so you will have food when there’s no power.
- Keep a shovel and a few other tools in a closet indoors in case you need to dig out from a snow storm or other disaster.