Major storms and weather events may cause extended power outages. Keep your family and home safe by preparing and keeping a “storm kit” ahead of time and maintaining proper use of portable generators.
Storm Kit Preparation
In the event of a major storm, being prepared with a “storm kit,” ensures your family will have the items necessary to survive a possible power outage. We recommend the following items for your basic emergency storm kit:
- Water (one gallon of water per person, per day; we recommend preparing for a three-day outage)
- Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food, including canned, dehydrated, or freeze-dried food)
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio with extra batteries
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- First-aid kit
- Moist towelettes
- Wrench or pliers
- Can opener
- Pet food and water
If a weather event causes a power outage, it’s good to have a portable or permanent generator available to power the necessary appliances in your home. While using generators, however, it’s important to follow these generator safety rules:
- Use portable generators outside only. Keep generators at least 20 feet away from home, doors, and windows, keeping all doors and windows closed.
- Have your installed generator inspected by a licensed electrician to ensure the safety of your family and utility workers.
- Do not exceed the rated capacity of your generator. Overloading your generator can cause damage to the generator or start a fire. Capacity ratings vary for different types of generators. Consult your owner’s manual for proper capacity ratings.