VERY EXCELLENT SUGGESTIONS FROM MAYOR SEFATIA IN PREPARING FOR A POWER OUTAGE

From Mayor Sefatia:

Customers with power outages with operable phones should report to NGRID at 1-800-465-1212, if you have trouble and I have not posted! They might not be aware of it.

Thank you.

Preparing for Power Outages.

1. Purchase light producing objects.
Gather all the things that may provide light, such as a flashlight, candles, glowsticks, etc., and place them in an easily accessible area.

Attach iridescent or glow in the dark stickers on flashlights so that they can be easily located in little or no light.
Keep glowsticks in the freezer. The cool temperature in your freezer will slow the rate of reaction in the glowstick and make it last for 4-5 days instead of one or two.

Stick candles in pots that are deeper than the candle is long. That way, the light will reflect off of the side of the pot, creating more light, and will lessen the likelihood of a fire.

2. Keep a first aid kit handy. You never know what emergency might happen during a power outage, so it’s wise to stay prepared with a few days’ worth of medication.
Your first aid kit should include bandages (various sizes), gauze, tape, scissors, antiseptic solution such as hydrogen peroxide, antibiotic ointment such as Neosporin, and pain medicine. You can buy first aid kits at various drugstores or assemble your own.
Keep a stash of batteries. Make an inventory of the different kinds of batteries your electronics use instead of assuming they all run on double-A or triple-A. Buy batteries in bulk — more than you think you’ll need — so that you’ll have a good amount in case of a prolonged outage.

3. Have your power company’s number stored. If and when the power outage does occurs, inform them (once will do) and they’ll give you an estimate of when you can expect to get electricity back. Knowledge is power.

4. Purchase and use self-powered radios and self-powered flashlights.Self-powered radios and flashlights employ a hand crank to get the device going, so it’s a good alternative to have if you happen to run out of batteries.
Radios will help you stay informed of what’s happening. Try to keep abreast of what’s happening in the case of severe storms, as the authorities might issue an evacuation notice or other pertinent information.

5. Have car chargers for your cell phone.So the electricity won’t work, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use your car as one big battery. Be careful not to kill your car battery when you’re charging your phone. Not being able to start your car is probably more problematic than not being able to start your cell phone.
Also remember to check the exhaust pipe to make sure not blocked.
Open garage door or window if starting car in closed area to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

6. Stock your pantry with non-perishable (canned) foods and water.It’s always nice to know that if your food source runs out, for whatever reason, you have a backup nearby.
As a general rule, keep enough food to last your family for a week. Soup, chili, vegetables, and fruits are all popular choices. Be sure to have a mechanical can opener nearby.

7. Keep a three week supply of water in storage. Humans can live without food for prolonged periods, but water is a more immediate necessity. In dire situations, the water coming from the faucet may be tainted, and you’ll have to rely on a bottled source.

8. Purchase a gas camping stove or hibachi grill. If your kitchen stove is all electric, it obviously won’t work during a power outage and you’ll have to rely on another means of cooking.

Keep propane tanks and/or charcoal in storage. In wet weather conditions, propane is probably preferable. Know how to fit the propane tank into the grill beforehand, so that you’re not learning the roles in a more serious situation.
Never use a barbecue grill in an enclosed area, as it may cause carbon monoxide or dioxide poisoning.

9. Fill spare space in your refrigerator with water bottles. Frozen water bottles in your freezer will act like ice blocks and keep it frozen longer while the power is off. When they thaw out you will have a fresh supply of drinking water.

10. Use a landline telephone instead of your cell phone.
If you have a landline you are most likely will not lose your phone service. Cellphone towers can freeze in a power outage, wireless home phones and home phones that require a modem to run don’t work in power outages especially in the winter.

Be Safe, Stay Warm.

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