Be Prepared and Safe

Our region can produce some extreme weather conditions, regardless of the season. Be prepared with these tips.

Items to Have On-Hand

  • Water: At least one gallon per person, per day plus some for pets 
  • Food:  Non-perishable, especially items that don’t require cooking along with a hand-operated can opener
  • Lighting: Flashlights, candles and matches
  • Make sure cell phones are fully charged if outages are possible
  • Communications: Have your mobile devices fully charged if outages are imminent so you can stay in the know. A battery-powered radio is also helpful. If you have a landline, use a corded phone as cordless won't work.
  • Medical: First-aid kit ready with any needed medical supplies, and filled prescriptions
  • Personal sanitation: Moist wipes, hand sanitizer and garbage bags
  • Tools: Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Batteries
  • Battery-powered or wind-up clock
  • Extra blankets
  • Generator: Some people find it helpful to have a generator at the ready so they can keep using essential appliances. Learn more about the types available, as well as how to prevent dangerous backfeeding, with our online Generator Guide.

During a Power Outage

  • Stay away from downed power lines and warn others to do the same. Call us immediately to report downed power lines.
  • Don’t touch a person or object that is in contact with a power line; the electric current could flow through you.
  • Stay inside your car if it comes in contact with a power line.
  • Turn off all appliances during an outage to avoid a circuit overload when power is restored. Leave on one lamp to know when power is restored.
  • Never leave burning candles unattended.
  • Keep freezer and refrigerator doors closed. Food will stay frozen for 36 to 48 hours in a fully-loaded freezer, and about 24 hours in a partially-filled freezer.