Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Prepare for Power Outage

Storm season is upon us.  In preparation for power outages, one of my utility companies has sent me this list of "Items to have ready in the event of a prolonged power outage".  So, I thought I would share them with you.
  • Water - one gallon of water per person per day (for at least three days)
  • Food - at least a three-day supply of non-perishable foods
  • Manual can opener
  • Battery-powered radio
  • NOAA Weather Radio with extra batteries
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Candles with containers
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in waterproof container
  • First Aid Kit, prescription medication
  • Moist towelettes, trash bags and ties for personal sanitation
  • Cell phone chargers that plug into car (or solar charger)
  • Cash or traveler's checks
  • Important family documents in a waterproof container (insurance policies, identification, bank account info)
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each family member
  • Change of clothing and personal hygiene supplies
  • Paper cups, plates, towels and plastic utensils
  • For baby: formula, diapers, bottles, powdered milk, medications
Hopefully you won't need this list, but it is a good idea to have these items handy, just in case.