Hurricane season is in full swing and winter is around the corner. Duke Energy’s staff of meteorologists monitors weather conditions so the company is ready to do whatever is necessary to maintain reliability and react quickly if the power goes out.
Here are tips from Duke Energy and the Department of Homeland Security that can help you and your family prepare and be safe if severe weather strikes.
Make a kit (and check it twice)
Stash a box of emergency supplies in an easy-to-find place. If you already have a kit, National Preparedness Month is a good reminder to pull out your box and make sure your supplies are up to date and fully charged.
Your box should include:
- Flashlights with extra batteries.
- Portable radio and batteries.
- First-aid kit.
- Canned or packaged food that can be prepared without cooking or refrigeration.
- Several days’ supply of drinking water.
- Phone numbers to check on family or friends or call emergency response agencies.
- Whistle to signal for help.
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation.
- Manual can opener for food.
- Local maps.
- Cellphone with chargers, inverter or solar charger.
- Prescription medications and glasses.
Once you have the basic list covered, you may want to consider adding the following items:
- Infant formula and diapers, if you have young children.
- Pet food and extra water for your pet.
- Cash or traveler's checks and change.
- Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container. You can use the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit to help organize your information.
- Emergency reference material such as a first-aid book and free information from the ready.gov website.
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
- Complete change of clothing including a long-sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
- Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper. When diluted (nine parts water to one part bleach), bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color-safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
- Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items.
- Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils.
- Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children.
Check out the Duke Energy website for more tips, including resources for reporting an outage to Duke Energy.