10 things to do to prepare for a storm 10 things to do to prepare for a storm

10 things to do to prepare for a storm

Surefire tips to cope with severe weather


As we know, severe weather can strike quickly, creating a variety of dangerous situations. We all have a responsibility to stay tuned to the National Weather Service, local media and emergency management for special warnings or instructions during severe weather events.

  1. Have a portable radio, television or NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) weather radio on hand to monitor official weather forecasts and other important information for your area. The following tips are designed to help you safely endure the severe weather anytime it impacts the Duke Energy service area. 
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Keep a supply of water and non-perishable food items on hand.
  5. Ensure first aid supplies and all medicines are readily available.
  6. Make sure flashlights are readily available and working and that a supply of extra batteries is on hand.
  7. Consider the need for specialty items such as prescription medication, baby food, additional warm clothing and a safe heat source. 
  8. Homeowners who depend on well water should draw an emergency water supply in case power to their electric water pumps is interrupted.
  9. If you have an emergency heating or power source, learn how to use it properly. 
  10. 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.

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