Once again, we are facing severe winter weather that comes with the possibility of losing power. In this article are some basic preparations you can make today, followed by a list of items that can make life safer and more comfortable during a power outage. While it is too late to order these online, the EPPS Committee recommends that you consider having products like these on hand.

BASIC PREPARATIONS:

  • Have a supply of batteries on hand for emergency lighting
  • Have a backup cell phone charger (fully charged!) on hand
  • Food: non-perishable, easy-to-warm up items
  • Manual can opener
  • Camp stove, extra propane
  • Know how to open your garage door when the power is off. PRACTICE THIS! Have a friend or neighbor show you how.
  • If you have a gas insert for your fireplace, make sure you know how to use your remote starter, or how to turn the fire on if your electric starter will not work.
  • AVOID HYPOTHERMIA: Hypothermia is a condition in which a person’s body temperature has dropped significantly below normal. The very young and elderly are the most susceptible to developing hypothermia when exposed to cold temperatures. It can happen quickly! How to prevent hypothermia:
    • Wear warm, multi-layered clothing with good hand and feet protection (avoid overly constricting wrist bands, socks, and shoes).
    • Wear warm headgear. This is particularly important since significant heat is lost through an unprotected head.
    • If possible, change into dry clothes whenever clothing becomes wet.
    • Find appropriate shelter to stay warm.
  • Plug-in Emergency Lights: Plug in bedroom, hallway, kitchen, etc. When the power goes out, they will automatically light up and can be used as a flashlight EX: Amerelle Emergency Light on Amazon $19.98 for 2.

RED CROSS EMERGENCY NOAA RADIO: Reports local weather conditions continually. Recharges with solar and hand crank, can charge cell phone from rechargeable batteries, led flashlight and red beacon EX: $43.00 on Amazon.

GAS CAMPING STOVE: Compact, portable, camping stoves can be used for emergency cooking, wide variety of 2 burner styles available. Shop online for best values.