Be Prepared for a Power Outage
Keep at least one flashlight for each household member, a battery-powered radio and extra batteries in an accessible place. During cold weather, have extra clothing layers, warm footwear, hats, gloves, and blankets and/or sleeping bags available. Be prepared to move to a location with power and heat during an extended power outage in extreme cold.
CAUTION! If you intend to use a standby generator, be sure it is isolated from electric lines feeding into your home. During an outage, the electric energy from the generator could back feed into the power line and seriously injure or kill a line worker trying to restore your power.
For more information, read the tips below from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. More information on food safety is available on the U.S. Department of Agriculture website. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website has tips for food and personal safety. The Red Cross website has a helpful guide to preparing a home emergency kit that can be useful in a power outage or other emergency.
Read the tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency by clicking on the button below.
FEMA Power Outage Safety
If this is an emergency, call 911 immediately.
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