Steps to Take in an Outage
Before a Storm
- Listen to the radio or watch television for forecasts and possible warnings. Have a battery-operated radio on hand.
- Bring in or tie down loose outdoor objects.
- Prepare your house. If your home is equipped with awnings, lower them, or purchase approved storm panels. If these are not available, obtain strong plywood to cover your windows. If you cannot cover your windows, use a windowless room as a refuge.
- Listen to county and state officials regarding evacuations and shelter locations.
- Gather emergency supply items including water, flashlights, batteries, first-aid kit, extra medicine, non-perishable food, manual can opener, fire extinguisher, candles and matches, toilet articles and sanitary needs.
During the Storm
- Remain inside. Listen to your radio for the all clear. Do not be misled by a lull. It may by the eye of the storm passing.
- Use your telephone for emergencies only.
- Conserve refrigeration. If you lose power, open the refrigerator only when needed.
After the Storm
- Stay clear of downed power lines, trees and debris.
- Listen to instructions from local officials.
- Do not drive across flooded roadways.
- Stay clear of moving water especially near rivers, streams and drainage systems.
- Stay tuned to radio (or TV if available) for weather and news bulletins.