No one wants to have to deal with an emergency, but somehow a winter emergency is much more stressful and scary than a summer one. The threat of losing power in the icy throes of winter is a sobering one. Unfortunately, the combination of wind, precipitation, and freezing temperatures is often a recipe for power failure. You can protect yourself by having a winter emergency power outage plan, like this one.
Stock an Emergency Kit
Stock an emergency kit now with everything that everyone in your house would need in an emergency. This should include at least the essentials to survive: a battery or solar-powered radio, a solar or car charger for your phone, flashlights and extra batteries, and plenty of blankets. You should also make sure that you have enough water and shelf-stable food for each person in the home for 3-5 days. You’ll want to avoid opening the fridge as much as possible, so the food inside stays good. It may be a good idea also to have entertainment items, such as coloring books, card games, and puzzles, since electronic entertainment won’t be available. Finally, make sure each person in the house has at least a three day supply of all of their medicines.
Make A Communication Plan
Discuss with your household about what to do and who to call in the event of an emergency or power failure. Whoever is home should alert the power company to the power failure, but they should also alert any family members that are away from the house. This way, they will be able to plan their return to the home safely and gather needed supplies. Everyone in the home should also know where the emergency shut-offs are for water (in case of frozen or burst pipes), gas, and electricity.
Report Special Situations
If you have special medical needs, such as electrical medical equipment in the home, you should alert your power company and your local government. Knowing that you have a power-dependent medical device and medical needs could prioritize you for service restoration and plowing.
Check Your Detectors
You need to check your detectors regularly, and this time of year is as good a time as any. Carbon monoxide (CO) is an especially big problem during power outages since people tend to use alternative heat sources that produce it. Make sure that you have a CO detector on each floor and near all bedrooms.
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