Be Aware

  • If you spot a power line that is down, stay away from it and call 9-1-1 to report its location.

  • Know the location of your circuit breakers and/or fuse boxes and how to check them.

  • Keep on hand your natural gas and electric company’s emergency number in case you need to call them.

  • If you have a generator, make sure a licensed electrician properly installs it.

  • Develop an emergency plan for your household.

Prepare Supplies

  • Fill a plastic-covered container with emergency supplies such as: 

    • Flashlights and fresh batteries, 

    • Candles and matches in a water-resistant package away from flammables

    • A battery-operated or hand-crank powered radio

    • A corded telephone

    • First aid kit

  • Have enough water available to last several days. It is recommended to have at least a gallon of drinking water a day for each individual. Don’t forget your pets!

  • Have an ice chest and blue ice freezer packs available to store medications that need to stay chilled. Or freeze plastic storage containers filled with water to make ice that can be placed in your ice chest/refrigerator/freezer to prevent food and any medication from spoiling.

During an Outage

  • If the power goes out, unplug all electric appliances to avoid overloading circuits and fire hazards caused by the restored power. Turn your appliances back on one at a time when power is restored.