Tips to Make Sure You're Prepared
- Stock up on bottled water (especially if you have well water), nonperishable food items and batteries for flashlights and radios.
- If you use candles, keep them away from furniture, draperies and children. Never leave a burning candle unattended.
- Turn off air conditioners, lights, computers and other electronics to prevent damage from a power surge when power is restored.
- Keep one light on so you'll know when the power is back.
- Keep the door to your refrigerator closed as much as possible. A well-insulated refrigerator can keep food at a safe temperature (below 40°) for about 12 hours.
- Keep the freezer door closed as much as you can. Food in a well-stocked freezer can keep for as long as two days. (If you can't keep your freezer stocked with food, filled water jugs will also do the trick.)
- If you have a generator, never operate it inside your home; you'll risk a dangerous buildup of carbon monoxide. (Don't use an unvented gas stove as a heat source either!)