September is National Preparedness Month: Week 4
- Charge devices that use battery power and ensure you have extra batteries for these devices;
- Identify local sources where dry or block ice can be purchased;
- Keep your car tank at least half full because gas stations rely on electricity to fuel their pumps;
- Create a disaster supply kit that includes alternative cell phone chargers, a flashlight, water & nonperishable food, a non-electric canopener, cash, and a battery or hand-crank radio.
- Keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed. For most standard size refrigerators and freezers, a cool temperature can be maintained for several hours. For food you need to use, plan on having a cooler with conventional or dry ice available;
- Use flashlights for emergency lighting. Never use candles due to extreme risk of fire;
- Only use a generator outside of your home and keep it away from windows and doors;
- For drugs that require refrigeration, check the manufacturer’s label or contact your doctor for guidance. Most drugs can be stored on ice for several hours; and
- Make preparations to keep refrigerated medications in a closed cooler until the power comes back on.