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.
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