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Being Prepared For a Power Outage

Now that we have the first tropical system of the new hurricane season out of the way, being prepared for the next hurricane or tropical storm that visits Myrtle Beach means being prepared for a power outage.

Be prepared for a power outage anytime, not just during hurricane season, with an emergency power outage kit, which should always be stocked and easily accessible.

Power Outage Kit Items Should Include

  • FlashlightsYour power outage kit must contain a working flashlight
  • Fresh batteries (not rechargable)
  • Candles
  • Matches or lighters
  • Battery-powered radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Battery-powered or wind-up clock
  • Portable heater (oil or gas)
  • Portable generator (review safety tips prior to use)
  • Bottled water for drinking and cooking (one gallon per person per day)
  • Non-perishable food and manual can opener
  • Paper plates and plastic utensils
  • Coolers and ice
  • First-aid kit and family prescription medicines
  • Blankets and/or sleeping bags
  • Warm clothes, sturdy shoes, and heavy gloves (power doesn’t just go out during hurricanes)
  • Special needs items for infants, elderly, and/or disabled family members
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items, including hand sanitizer
  • Games and activities for children
  • Pet supplies
  • Emergency telephone numbers, including the number of your local electric company to report outages. Pre-program your cell phone with all emergency numbers
  • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book
  • Extra cash (ATM’s don’t work during power outages)
  • Instructions on how to manually open electric garage doors
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification, and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container

If you experience a prolonged power outage, check with your water company to make sure water is still safe to drink, as an area-wide power outage could cause your water company to be unable to sanitize water.

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These power outage tips are courtesy of Brown and Reaves Services, Inc. Follow us on Facebook for even more daily tips.

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