Seeing the light during a black out…

Millions of residents stared into their dark house as electricity failed after the recent storms in the Eastern part of the U.S.  After only a few hours without electricity food spoils and modern electronics quickly die. This creates a state of panic.  Preparation is the key to staying safe before a storm has passed. Here are some suggestions to help you and your family remain safe.

Lightning

Clear your storm drains. Unclog gutters using a rake, broom or shovel so water cannot accumulate and flood.

  • Prevent mudflows and landslides, if you live on a soil slope, by punching straw into the soil with a shovel or tying burlap down with stakes.
  • Store water and food and prepare an emergency kit that includes cash, first aid kit, portable radio, flashlight with extra batteries, and a jacket or blanket.
  • Keep waterproofing and emergency building materials readily available, such as sandbags, plastic sheeting and lumber.
  • Be ready to gather personal belongings and leave immediately. Keep car fueled and store important documents and valuables in a safety deposit box.
  • Map a route for traveling safely from your home, school or work to higher ground.
  • Consider purchasing storm insurance if you are not already covered.

In order to be fully prepared, buy emergency supplies before an emergency happens. Many power outages are short-lived, but some may last days.  Here are some things to consider for a long-term outage.  Start your checklist now.

  • Candles, minimum four to five dozen
  • Candle stick holders
  • Matches and disposable lighters
  • Battery-powered space heater
  • Flashlights and extra batteries
  • Canned goods and dry food mixes. Check a camping store for food supplies
  • Water and juices
  • Extension cords, long enough to reach your neighbor’s house
  • Hand tools such as hammer, screwdriver and wood saw
  • Seasoned firewood
  • Water repellent tarps
  • Portable radio
  • Gasoline
  • Shovels
  • Plastic Sheeting
  • Extra blankets.
  • Paper plates, cups and plastic utensils
  • First-aid kit
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Food items including canned goods and MRE’s (meals ready to eat)

Storms are inevitable and they can roll-in at the blink of an eye.  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Staying prepared and educated on safety tips is crucial.

We would love to hear from you.  Please share your storm readiness routine with us.

Here are some valuable resources:

Red Cross

Power Outage

Prepare Tips

This post was written by Brittney Pistor.

on 07/16/2012 | Permalink

Posted on: July 26th, 2012 at 6:25pm by bwittenbaum. Filed under: Uncategorized
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