Storm Preparedness

To members of the media: EMCs are often asked by consumers what steps they can take to prepare for an impending storm. Many co-ops have chosen to share this information prior to a storm so that consumers know the precautions to take before bad weather hits.

The following is offered to share with readers, viewers and listeners to prepare them for inclement weather. Also visit the “Weather Links and Associated Organizations” on this site for additional preparedness resources.

While we don’t have control over Mother Nature, consumers can do things to prepare for the possibility of severe weather.
  • Know the location of your emergency supply kit (check the American Red Cross website at www.redcross.org for a complete listing of what you should include), the amount of food supply on hand, and the location of insurance policies.
  • Make sure your local EMC has your correct telephone number on file. If you need to update this phone number, please contact your EMC office.
  • Have a contingency plan in place for patients who depend on electricity. During a major storm, damage may be so widespread that it may be a lengthy process to restore power to all customers. Be sure battery operated back-up or some alternative measures are taken for those who are power dependent.
  • Have nonperishable foods on hand that don’t need cooking–like canned fruit, powdered milk, peanut butter, bread and crackers. And don’t forget a manual can opener–otherwise it won’t be of much use!
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain a cold temperature. Each time the door is opened, a significant amount of refrigeration is lost.
  • Have flashlights, battery-powered lanterns and extra batteries, too. If you depend on a well, fill bathtubs or other large containers for household use, like flushing commodes.
  • Remember to charge your cell phone in case phone and power lines go out.
  • Get a portable radio or TV with extra batteries for local information and a NOAA Weather Radio for weather warnings. A wind up or battery powered alarm clock might come in handy too. Cordless phones don’t work without power, so have at least one wired phone available.
  • Fill your gas tank before a storm arrives, as gas pumps do not work if electricity is out. Automatic teller machines will also shut down if the power fails, so have cash on hand.