Tips to Plan Ahead

  • Stock up on nonperishable food, medicine, baby supplies, and pet food.
  • Purchase bottled water. The American Red Cross recommends one gallon of water per person per day.
  • Check emergency equipment, such as flashlights, battery-operated radios, extension cords, emergency generators, etc., and buy extra batteries.
  • Keep extra cash on hand, since an electrical power outage may prevent you from withdrawing money from automatic teller machines or banks.
  • Turn your refrigerator to its coldest setting. If the power goes out, this will keep food fresh longer. If you leave the refrigerator closed, most food will stay frozen or fresh for up to 12 hours.
  • Turn off and unplug any unnecessary electrical equipment–especially sensitive electronics.
  • Keep first aid kit and manual handy.
  • Have nonelectric can opener on hand.
  • Place your critical documents, such as birth certificates, insurance documents, special pictures, etc. in a safe box.