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Prepping for power outages

When you're navigating through a major blizzard or hurricane, or another kind of event, prepping for potential power outages can relieve you of much anxiety.

  • Keep your mobile phone changed, your gas tank filled, and carbon monoxide detectors with a battery backup on each level of your home.
  • Keep a three-day supply of no-perishable food on hand and at least one gallon of water per person per day.
  • Have a Plan B for family members who need electricity for medical reasons.


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What to do when the power goes out

  • Collect flashlights. Candles are a potential fire hazard and should be avoided.
  • Preserve perishables. Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed. A half-full freezer should keep the required temperature for a day and a full freezer for two days.
  • Pack a cooler with ice if the power outage may last longer than the fridge or freezer limits.
  • Keep track of food temps. Throw food away that seems questionable.
  • Eat non-perishables last.
  • Unplug electrical appliances to protect them from potential power surges.
  • Practice generator safety. Never use generators indoors.


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Power outages in summer

  • Find the coolest spot, usually the lowest level of a house.
  • Dress to keep cool with lightweight, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink water and try to avoid caffeinated drinks and alcohol.
  • Close curtains in sunny areas to block out heat from the sun.
  • Encourage airflow. Open windows or use a battery-powered fan.
  • Cook outside.


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Power outages in winter

  • Layer up to maintain body heat.
  • Gather in one room with blankets, ideally a smaller one with few windows.
  • Minimize drafts. Use rolled-up towels to lessen drafts around windows and exterior doors.
  • Never use an oven or stove to heat your home.
  • To help prevent pipes from freezing, open cabinet and bathroom vanity doors to expose pipes.
  • Let water trickle from a faucet that is supplied by exposed pipes.
  • Know when to go to a local emergency warming shelter or heated location.


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