• Preparing for Storms

  • Severe weather is a fact of life in a changing world and restoring power safely takes time. We encourage you to take steps to prepare yourself and others by being weather-ready in the face of storms. Here's how.

    Assemble an Emergency Kit

    Your emergency kit should contain a selection of items that your household may need if the power goes out. This video includes some helpful examples:

    To create your emergency kit, start with a plastic bin or cardboard box, then add the following items – and be sure to gather enough supplies to last at least 72 hours:

    • Bottles of water
    • Non-perishable food and a can opener
    • Flashlights
    • Battery-powered radio
    • Variety of hand tools
    • Battery-powered clock
    • Extra batteries
    • First-aid kit and medications
    • Personal hygiene items
    • Emergency phone numbers
    • Spare keys
    • Warm bedding and clothing

    Store your emergency kit in a safe place that you can access easily when needed.

    Develop an Emergency Plan

    Everyone in your household should know the location of your emergency storm kit as well as what to do should the power go out.

    • If you or someone you know uses emergency or life-support equipment, identify an alternative location with power to go to during an outage.
    • Register for the Emergency Medical Equipment Notification Program to receive notifications of severe storms that could lead to extended outages.

    Additional Information

    Print these guides and keep them with other essential storm-related items in your home.