Power Outage Preparation
The conditions created by thunderstorms or hurricanes, such as damaging winds or flooding, can result in loss of power for your home or business. Preparing for the possibility of a power outage before it occurs can help ensure safety for both you and your property. Ready.gov suggests the following preparation strategies:
- Take an inventory of the items you need that rely on electricity.
- Talk to your medical provider about a power outage plan for medical devices powered by electricity and refrigerated medicines. Find out how long medication can be stored at higher temperatures and get specific guidance for any medications that are critical for life.
- Plan for batteries and other alternatives to meet your needs when the power goes out.
- Be sure to read and follow all manufacturer directions if using a generator for electricity.
- Sign up for local alerts and warning systems. Monitor weather reports.
- Install carbon monoxide and smoke detectors with battery backup in central locations on every level of your home.
- Review the supplies that are available in case of a power outage. Have flashlights with extra batteries for every household member. Have enough nonperishable food and water.
- Use a thermometer in the refrigerator and freezer so that you can know the temperature when the power is restored. Throw out food if the temperature is 40 degrees or higher.
As with hurricane or flood preparation, power outage preparation is essential to take care of your home, business, and loved ones in the event of an emergency. If recent storms have caused damage to your home or business, the professionals at SERVPRO of Pismo Beach/ Arroyo Grande are Here to Help. Give us a call at 805-473-0772, We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!