Assemble a kit of essentials - flashlights and radios. Keep a list of emergency phone numbersincluding the electric utility. Be prepared for the possibility of a prolonged outage due to power line and electric equipment damage.
Fill spare containers with water for washing and keep a supply of bottled drinking water on hand. Also have a supply of non-perishable food items, along with a hand opener for canned food.
During an outage, turn off lights and appliances to prevent overloading circuits and damaging appliances when power is restored. Leave one lamp or switch on as a signal for when your power returns.
Be sure to tune into your local weather station if you suspect severe weather is brewing.
A tornado or sever storm watchmeans that conditions are favorable for those weather conditions forming.
a warning means that dangerous weather conditions are developing and imminent.
Consider having Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) professionally installed or pruchase a protable GFCI. GFCIs can cut off power if there is a problem and are recommeded for outdoor outlets and areas of the home that are prone to water exposure such as basements, bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, etc.
Lighting can travel up to 10 miles away froma storm, so seek shelter as soon as you hear thunder.
After the Storm:
When venturing outside after a severe storm, stay away from downed power lines and be alert to the possibility that tree limbs or debris may hide an electricalhazard. Assume that any dangling wires you encounter are electrical and energized. Warn other to stay away and contact your local electrical company.
If you are driving and come upon a downed power line, stay in your vehicle and warn other to stay away. Contact emergency personnel or the local electric utility company.
Before re-entering storm damaged buildings or rooms be sure all electric and gas services are turned off.
Never attempt to turn power off at the breaker box if you must stand in water to do so. If unable to reach breaker box safely call the local electric utility company to shut power off at the meter.
Never step into a flooded basement or other area if water is covering electrical outlets, appliances or cords. Be aware of any electrical equipment that could be energized and in contact with the water. Never touch electrical appliances, cords or wires while you are wet or standing in water.
Cleaning up and using water damaged appliances carries a safety risk. Electric motors in appliances that have been drenched or submerged in water should be thoroughly cleaned and reconditioned before they are put back into service. It may be necessary to repair or replace electrical appliances or tools that have been in contact with water. Do not use any water damaged appliances until a professional has checked them out.
When using generator, be sure to follow the manufacturers' recommendations to avoid tragedy. Keep generator dry and never plug it into a wall outlet or directly into the home's wiring. This could inadvertently energize the utility lines and injure yourself or others working to restore power.