Before the Storm

  • Have a portable radio, TV or NOAA Weather Radio on hand to monitor official weather forecasts and other important information for your area.
  • Families who have special medical needs or elderly members should closely monitor weather forecasts and make plans for potential alternate arrangements should an extended outage occur.
  • Have a plan to move yourself and your family – especially those with special needs – to an alternate location in case you have to evacuate or experience an extended power outage.
  • Keep a supply of water and nonperishable food items on hand.
  • Ensure first aid supplies and all medicines are readily available.
  • Make sure flashlights are readily available and working and that a supply of extra batteries is on hand.
  • Consider the need for specialty items such as prescription medication, baby food, additional warm clothing and a safe heat source. 
  • Homeowners who depend on well water should draw an emergency water supply in case power to their electric water pumps is interrupted.
  • If you have an emergency heating or power source, learn how to use it properly. 
  • Have at least one traditional analog phone in your home that does not require electricity to operate. Cordless phones and phones with built-in answering machines will not operate during a power outage.