Winter’s Almost Here: How to Prepare for Outages

Before a Power Outage

• Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit, including a flashlight,fresh batteries, cash, and first aid supplies. (Charge or debit card systems often don’t work without power.)

• Keep cell phones and any battery powered devices charged.

• Make sure you have alternative charging methods for your phone. Also, if you have a landline phone, make sure to have a simple phone on hand that doesn’t require electricity to operate so you can make calls when power is out.

• Learn where the manual release lever of your electric garage door opener is located and how to operate it.

• Purchase and store ice, or freeze water-filled plastic containers to helpkeep perishable food cold during a power outage.

• Keep your car’s gas tank full—gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps. If you use your car to re-charge devices, do NOT keep the car running in a garage, partially-enclosed space, or close to a home, as this can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.

• Learn about emergency plans in your county:
Coos County: https://tinyurl.com/CoosEMS
Douglas County: https://tinyurl.com/DouglasEMS
Lane County: https://tinyurl.com/LaneOR
Lincoln County: https://tinyurl.com/LincolnEMS

• If you rely heavily on anything that is battery-operated or power dependent like a medical device, have a back-up plan. (For more planning information tips visit: Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs at ready.gov)

—From ready.gov (Next month: Tips for what to do during  and after an outage)

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