Preparing for Power Outages
We're in the season of storms, and in Central Virginia that usually means power outages. Sometimes outages are localized and sometimes they are widespread. Sometimes they are just a flicker or few hours and sometimes they can last for days! In any case, if you are among the unlucky to lose power, it's important to be prepared.
Have Emergency Kits for your home, your car and your office. You never know where you'll be when you "get stuck"!
Consider the following items but make sure to add things that are personal to you and your family:
Virginia Sales Tax Free Holiday May 25-31, 2012 is a perfect time to stock up and prepare your Emergency Kit.
- If someone in your home is dependent on electric-powered life sustaining equipment or refrigerated medicines, make sure you have battery powered backups and small coolers with ice or freezer packs on hand. It may be important for you to consider an earlier evacuation plan or pre-made arrangements to stay with friends, family or hotels that can accommodate the special needs.
- When storms are in the forecast, consider filling your car gas tank. In power outages, pumps may be disabled for long periods.
- Many of us have done away with our telephone land lines in favor of our ever-present cell phones, but remember cell phones may not work in a power outage. The elderly and those with special needs should consider keeping a land line for emergencies.
Dominion Virginia Power services the majority of Central Virginia.
To Report An Outage or A Downed Power Line Call: 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357) NEVER TOUCH A Downed Power Line!!
Here are some weather forecast links you may find useful:
I recently attended an Emergency Preparedness event that was a great source of information and I will be sharing as much as I can with you over the next several weeks. I am not an expert, but I care that you and your family are ready. There are many different types emergencies and the more you are prepared, the easier they will be to get through.
Future Blogs will address Food Safety, Pets in Emergencies and Generator Safety.
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