Be Prepared for Winter Power Outages

Being without power during a winter storm can affect your home and the well-being of your family. A few days without power in freezing temperatures is concerning if not properly prepared. Below is a comprehensive list of essential items to have ready for a winter power outage or severe snowstorm:

  • Plenty of blankets, extra hats, socks and gloves
  • Winter boots
  • 5 day supply per person of snack foods with protein for energy
  • 5 day supply per person of dry good foods that can be eaten cold
  • Daily medications for adults and pets
  • Shovel
  • Broom
  • 5 day supply per person of Bottled water
  • Flashlight with additional batteries
  • Battery powered radio
  • First Aid kit
  • Emergency Flares
  • Fluorescent distress flag and whistle
  • Tool kit
  • Matches and a lighter
  • Coolers for food storage, if needed (*see below)

Important Tips

  1. If using a space heater as an alternate heat source, keep it in a room with at least 3-5 feet away from any fabric or flammable materials in the room.

  2. Check the expiration of all canned and dry goods, bottled waters, batteries and medications quarterly before placing in a survival kit for seasonal storage.

  3. Make sure electronic devices such as cellphones or tablets are fully charged in preparation for inclement weather.

Food Spoilage Prevention

  • Stock your refrigerator with a full supply of ice.
  • Leave food in the refrigerator and freezer with limited opening of the doors.
  • If ice in the freezer begins to thaw, remove food and place in coolers with ice to use as needed.