READY.GOV: 6 Tips for Prepare for Blackouts

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February 13, 2014

The National Preparedness Community

Community members: 

With severe winter weather impacting many Americans, this week we’re sharing 6 tips to prepare for blackouts. 

We are also excited to highlight the work of fellow community member David Maack. David works with the faith based community assisting in emergency planning and how to recover in the aftermath of a disaster. Read his story to learn tips that you can apply to planning your next preparedness event.  

6 Tips to Prepare for Blackouts

Before you read the tips, we’d like to ask: How do you prepare for blackouts?

1. Follow energy conservation measures to keep the use of electricity as low as possible, which can help power companies avoid imposing rolling blackouts. 

2. Fill plastic containers with water and place them in the refrigerator and freezer if there’s room. Leave about an inch of space inside each one, because water expands as it freezes. Chilled or frozen water will help keep food cold during a temporary power outage, by displacing air that can warm up quickly with water or ice that keeps cold for several hours without additional refrigeration.

3. Be aware that most medication that requires refrigeration can be kept in a closed refrigerator for several hours without a problem. If unsure, check with your physician or pharmacist.

4. Keep your car tank at least half full because gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps.

5. Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage door opener is located and how to operate it. Garage doors can be heavy, so know that you may need help to lift it.

6. Keep a key to your house with you if you regularly use the garage as the primary means of entering your home, in case the garage door will not open.

Member Spotlight

David Maack


David Maack

 In 2011, David Maack, Racine County Emergency Management Coordinator, had the honor of participating in a panel discussion at the White House regarding the work Racine County was doing with the faith-based community in Racine, Wisconsin.

 Over the years, Racine County Emergency Management has fielded two different types of calls from area faith based groups: how would an emergency impact us and how can we help those affected by a particular disaster? To answer these questions, they put together a seminar that covered emergency response planning, business/church recovery planning and the development of an outreach plan to aid the community after a disaster.

 David put together 5 important tips to consider when planning a preparedness event for faith based groups in your community.


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Updated: February 13, 2014 — 7:00 pm

The Author

Rich Fleetwood

Rich is the founder of SurvivalRing, now in it's 24th year, author of multimedia CDs and DVDs, loves the outdoors, his family, his geeky skill-set, and lives in rural southern Wyoming, just below the continental divide (long story, that...). Always ready to help others, he shares what he learns on multiple blogs, many social sites, and more. With a background in preparedness and survival skills, training with county, state, and national organizations, and skills in all areas of media and on air experience in live radio and television, Rich is always thinking about the "big picture", when it comes to helping individuals and families prepare for life's little surprises.

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