Storm Preparation: Power Outage Supply Check list
If the power were to go out today for weeks is your family able to sustain its self? Chances are, you might have some flashlights and some canned food but maybe the batteries are dead, or maybe it’s enough for one person but not enough for the family. Below we have compiled a basic checklist of what to prepare before a power outage.
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Recommended Storm Kit
- Coolers filled with ice to keep perishable food cold (and a thermometer to check for food safety
- Water—one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
- Food—non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home) Think granola bars, canned food, dried fruit and nuts.
- Flashlight, glowsticks, are and solar powered lanterns. (Do not use candles during a power outage due to the extreme risk of fire.
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
- Extra batteries
- Stocked First aid kit
- Medications (7-day supply) and required medical items
- Multi-purpose tool
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items: toothpaste, mouthwash, floss, toilet paper, baby wipes, diapers, feminine napkins,
- Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, deed/lease to home, birth certificates, insurance policies)
- Cell phone with chargers, portable charged batteries, and car chargers
- Family and emergency contact information.
- Extra cash – remember no ATMS or credit card systems will be functioning.
- If someone in your home is dependent on electric-powered, life-sustaining equipment, remember to include backup power in your evacuation plan
- Keep a non-cordless telephone in your home. It is likely to work even when the power is out.
- Keep your car’s gas tank full – gas stations might not be in operation if power is down.
- IF your house operates on a well, clean your clothes before major storms and keep the tubs full of water so you can manually flush the toilet using this technique
*Do not forget your pets! Keep extra food and water for your pet and any medications they might need.
List of nonperishables you can store indefinitely
- Vegetable oils
- Dried corn
- Baking powder
- Instant coffee, tea, and cocoa
- Noncarbonated soft drinks
- White rice
- Bouillon products
- Dry pasta
- Powdered milk — in nitrogen-packed can