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Outage Preparedness Kit

Emergency Preparedness / Outage Kit

  • Water—at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per dayEmergency Preparedness Kit image

  • Food—at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food

  • Flashlight(s)

  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)

  • Extra batteries

  • First aid kit

  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc.)

  • Multi-purpose tool

  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items

  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)

  • Cell phone with chargers

  • Family and emergency contact information

  • Extra cash

  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)

  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)

  • Tools/supplies for securing your home

  • Sand, rock salt or non-clumping kitty litter to make walkways and steps less slippery

  • Warm coats, gloves or mittens, hats, boots and extra blankets and warm clothing for all household members

  • Ample alternate heating methods such as fireplaces or wood- or coal-burning stove

 

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Caution: Carbon Monoxide Kills

  • Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. Locate unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.

  • The primary hazards to avoid when using alternate sources for electricity, heating or cooking are carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock and fire.

  • Install carbon monoxide alarms in central locations on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide.

  • If the carbon monoxide alarm sounds, move quickly to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door.

  • Call for help from the fresh air location and remain there until emergency personnel arrive to assist you.

Tips and Information Courtesy of Red Cross (www.redcross.org)

 

 

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