Storms bring with them a high chance of power outages. Depending on the severity of the storm, these could last an hour or a week. Secure your home in advance with an emergency supply kit so that you're protected in the event that you lose power and cannot leave your home due to dangerous road conditions.
Essential items for an emergency supply kit
- 3 days' worth of water — one gallon per person, per day. Increase during hot months.
- 3 days' worth of non-perishable food and a manual can opener if needed.
- Battery powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries
- Backup cell phone batteries and car chargers.
- Flashlight and extra batteries.
- A first-aid kit — this can be premade/purchased or you can build your own.
- Whistle to signal for help.
- Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting with duct tape to shelter-in-place.
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and ties for personal sanitation.
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities.
- Local maps.
Other items to include in your emergency supply kit
- Prescription medications, glasses, and other must-have medical products.
- Important documents, such as insurance policies, identifications, and bank records, in a waterproof, portable container.
- Hygiene supplies such as toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and feminine hygiene products.
- Infant formula, diapers, pet food and extra water.
- Coins, cash, or traveler’s checks.
- A sleeping bag or heavy blanket for each person.
- Matches kept in a waterproof container.
- Fire extinguisher.
- Extra clothing and shoes.
- Disposable utensils, plates, napkins.
- A copy of your keys (house, car, etc.).