Invest in a GeneratorIf you experience a blackout due to a storm, a portable or permanent generator can provide your home with power to keep your heat and refrigerator running when the lights go out. To help with planning, Mayo Clinic nutritionists created a grocery list of items to keep in your pantry as you prepare for disasters.
A handful of PGE employees volunteered to bring non-perishable food items that they thought could go into an emergency kit for a sampling potluck.
Water is even more necessary than food , so we tested out some water purification tablets, which are good for on-the-go kits. In a major emergency like an earthquake, cellular networks may be unavailable, but in case of a temporary outage, your mobile phone may be the most immediate communications device you have handy. Our mobile website makes it easy to report an outage or stay current on outages in your area. When choosing the right generator for your home, keep in mind that portable generators, which tend to be cheaper, are good for short-term power outages, but a permanent generator is typically set up to switch on automatically, so it's always ready.2. Stock canned foods, dry mixes and other staples that do not require refrigeration, cooking, water or special preparation. When the power goes out, keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold.
Boxes of soy milk, almond milk, rice milk, or even powdered milk, can be great to keep around the house or in the kit.

Check out our blog list.Start the discussion with friends and family by sharing this post via email, Facebook, or Twitter. We tweet during major outages, and we’re here to answer questions and help with whatever you need.
Stockpile Food and WaterNon-perishable foods and clean water are essential in emergency situations. Be sure to include a manual can opener and eating utensils.Suggested Emergency Food SuppliesThe following items are suggested when selecting emergency food supplies.
Recipes in the plan do not require the use of power or refrigeration, but are still flavorful and fun to make. From there you can view an outage summary, report an outage, get an outage update or sign up for two-way texting. We’ve also put together a Twitter list of emergency resources in Oregon in case of a major storm or other emergency. Food, water, medication (if applicable) and first aid items are useful for your pet-ready kit. Since it's always better to over-prepare, aim to obtain several months worth of food and water. Freeze-dried food kits like those available from Wise Company are a great investment, because they don't take up a lot of space and can keep you fed for extended periods of time, if necessary.3.

Knowing what to do before and after an emergency can help you reduce your risk of illness and minimize the amount of food that may be lost due to spoilage.Power outages can occur at any time of the year and it may take from a few hours to several days for electricity to be restored to residential areas. Check out this list from the American Red Cross to make sure your first aid kit is as complete as possible. Without electricity or a cold source, food stored in refrigerators and freezers can become unsafe. If using ready-to-feed formula is not possible, it is best to use bottled water to prepare powdered or concentrated formula.
If a thermometer has not been kept in the freezer, check each package of food to determine its safety. If the food still contains ice crystals or is 40° F or below, it is safe to refreeze or cook.Refrigerated food should be safe as long as the power was out for no more than 4 hours.

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