The snowpocalypse is upon us. In recent years “bad” weather seems to have a mind of its own. Drought here and floods there, blizzards here and record “warm spells” there. All added to wildfires, tornados, hurricanes, electrical brownouts, rolling-blackouts, etc.
If you and your family are prepared for power outages and communications interruptions, then you’re one step ahead. Emergency preparedness experts recommend the following for year-round protection in the event of any emergency, weather-related or otherwise:
- Always keep enough bottled drinking water, non-perishable canned goods and dry foods on-hand to last your family for 3-days in the event of utility service interruption.
- If you have a charcoal or propane gas grill, never bring it into your living quarters for cooking or heating. These devices give-off carbon monoxide and can cause serious illness and even death.
- Keep a battery-powered radio, several flashlights, and plenty of fresh batteries on-hand in places where every family member can find them easily.
- If you own a cellular phone, make certain that you know where to find the adapter that will allow you to charge your phone’s battery using your automobile’s engine. If you don’t have a carpower-adapter (which plugs into the cigarette lighter), get one.
- Avoid using candles, kerosene lanterns or other light sources that represent a significant fire hazard at a time when emergency response resources will be hard pressed to keep up with public demands for assistance.
- Remember that storms of all types are apt to “knock-down” live power lines. If you see any downed electric wires, always assume they are “hot” and stay away from them.