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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Don’t be Left in the Dark #AltusOK #OKready

Blackouts are always a possibility, even when severe storms or other disasters haven't found their way into your area, and power outages are not uncommon during the summer months.  Here are a few helpful tips on what you can do before and during a blackout:

  • Make sure you have an emergency toolkit and a family communications plan! Your toolkit should contain basic short-term survival materials, like bottled water and non-perishable goods.
  • Tape the refrigerator and freezer door to prevent opening and keep your perishable food fresh for as long as possible. Throw away any food that has been exposed to 40° F temperatures for more than two hours.
  • If the blackout isn't storm related, make use of this time outdoors with family and friends!
  • Keep non-electrical entertainment on hand, such as board games and charades to make time pass more quickly (this is especially helpful with children).
  • Make sure to keep a camp stove and a stockpile of flashlights handy in case the blackout runs longer than expected.
  • Be prepared for extended outages and keep a full tank of gas and a full cellphone battery.
  • Maintain a positive attitude! This is essential in any emergency situation. 
For more information on how to prepare for blackouts, you can visit the American Red Cross, and also check out these other useful blackout tips!

Thanks to FEMA for this information.

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