Storm Preparedness Checklist
Assemble your storm kit prior to the need instead of rushing around when the storm is coming and waiting in long lines for supplies. Rotate your supplies to keep them fresh. The following is a checklist to prepare for extended power outages:
Have Plenty of Food
- Keep a 3 to 5 day supply of drinking water in plastic bottles. Plan on at least 1 gallon of water per person, per day.
- Store a manual can opener with enough nonperishable foods for 3 to 5 days. Canned meats, tuna and peanut butter are good foods to store. Don't forget to add food for your pet as well.
- Conserve water by using paper plates and plastic utensils.
- Have a camp stove or grill for outdoor cooking.
Stay in Touch
- Have a portable, battery-powered radio and alarm clock.
- Have one non-portable phone that will work even if power is interrupted.
- Plan where to meet and how to communicate with family members if separated.
- Keep essential family member contact information near your phone, in your wallet and in your glove compartment.
Keep Things Going
- Always keep plenty of gas in your car.
- Keep extra batteries, matches, propane, charcoal and firewood.
Stay Happy, Healthy and Warm
- Coordinate with neighbors for care of the elderly and disabled living alone.
- Maintain a supply of prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins and special dietary foods.
- Playing cards, books, drawing/writing supplies and board games help pass the time.
- Use plastic trash bags and ties for garbage.
- Put first-aid kits in your home and car.
- Make sure you have cold weather clothing, foul weather gear, blankets and sleeping bags ready.
- Use flashlights and other battery-operated lighting instead of candles.
- Keep fire extinguishers fully charged.
- If you have a well, fill your bathtub with water for bathroom use before the storm.