Don't wait for the lights to go out to prepare for a power outage. It is a good idea to have a family emergency preparedness kit on hand in case of an extended power outage or other emergency. Emergency management experts recommend that you plan to be self-sufficient for at least three days, maybe longer.
A basic emergency preparedness kit could include the following recommended items:
- Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter in place.
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities, such as water or natural gas.
- Manual can opener for food
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
- Prescription medications or other important supplies specific to your family
Contact the Grant County Department of Emergency Management at (509) 762-1462 and visit ready.gov for specifics on creating an emergency kit and forming a family emergency plan.