For the final week of National Preparedness Month, the focus is on Power Outage Safety. Sudden power outages can be frustrating and that’s when you know the power will turn back on in 2 hours or less. In times where a prolonged power outage may occur, there are steps that you can take to lessen the chance of food loss while helping to keep your family members comfortable during a Northwest Indiana power outage.
Preserve Your Food
In the case of a power outage that lasts longer than 2 hours, it is a good idea to have the following supplies available in case you need to preserve your food.
- one or more coolers
- ice to surround your food with once the food has been transported to the coolers
- digital thermometer to ensure foods are cold enough to use safely
Create an Emergency Preparedness Kit
In case of a long sustaining power outage, it is important that your family have an emergency preparedness kit on hand. This kit can also be used during a flood or home fire. The items listed below are brought to you by the American Red Cross.
It is suggested to have one gallon of water per person, per day. You should planning on having enough for a week for each person.
Sanitation and personal hygiene products
With your emergency food, keep non-perishable, easy to prepare items on hand. A week supply is a good starting point.
During a power outage, it is best to stick with a flashlight as your light source instead of lighting candles throughout the home. Remember to keep extra batteries on hand.
Battery Powered Radio
A battery powered radio is a great addition to your emergency preparedness kit as it will allow you to keep a track on weather updates and stay informed for any local news and alerts. The Red Cross sells this one on their site.
First Aid Kit
You can either go to the store and buy a pre-made First Aid Kit or you can make one yourself. Here are the main items to include:
- compress dressings
- cloth tape
- antibiotic ointment
- antiseptic wipes
- pain medication
- instant cold compress
- non-latex gloves
- gauze pads
- oral thermometer
Copies of personal documents
- medication list and important medical information
- deed/lease to home
- birth certificates
- insurance policies
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