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EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PLAN:

posted Dec 29, 2013, 11:04 AM by Van koughnet   [ updated Mar 30, 2014, 8:06 AM ]

With the oncoming deep freeze, and a chance for some minor accumulation that could potentially cause more outages, it is a good time to replenish, add to, or create an emergency preparedness plan/system.

Water:
Fill up containers, sinks, bathtubs. Do you have a sump pump in your basement? A great source of water....for flushing your toilet during outage.
Turn off all water supply shut off valves for sinks, toilets...

Hydro:
Turn off all switches, stove elements..and anything else that may have been left on

Generator:
replenish fuel supply. If you haven't already, try starting it before the power goes out.

Heat:
Don't bring your bbq in the house! Most homes can withstand a day or 2 without power before risk of water supply lines. Outside temperature is a factor of course. Bundle up with outdoor clothes or blankets. Christmas time is a time to get cozy with loved ones anyway.  Consider purchasing an indoor safe fuel space heater. Do some research to find one. If you have a small generator that does not supply your whole home, purchase an electrical space heater.

Food:
If it's cold outside, you got a great place to store food!

Flashlights, candles, oil lamps: 
Flashlights are preferred for safety.  Make sure you have fresh batteries and/or take the time to recharge your rechargeables.

Cell phones:
Recharge all communication devices that require batteries.  If you lose your land line, a cell phone is invaluable in an emergency situation.  Might even want to consider charging up your laptop and tablet.

A little help from our friends:
Are we a community, or are we a community? Lend a hand when and where you can. Don't be afraid to ask for help. Keep an eye on those that are at high risk.

Internet:
Do some research on other emergencies preparedness options and ideas.

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