A little rain and temperatures hovering around 32 degrees are the right blend for an ice storm that can bring down trees and power lines.
Tipmont REMC and Safe Electricity stress the importance of being prepared for these potentially dangerous storms and the potential power outages that they may cause. Fill spare containers with water for washing, and keep a supply of bottled drinking water on hand. Switch off lights and appliances to prevent overloading circuits and damaging appliances when power is restored.
If you use a standby generator, make sure it has a transfer safety switch or that your power is cut off at the breaker box before you operate it. Last month, a major winter storm brought heavy snow and ice accumulations across the Southeast, knocking out power for more than 700,000 people across 14 states. Plan for the possibility now, instead of scrambling for a flashlight when the lights go out.

Sanitation – When the power goes out, some pretty important appliances stop working, and that includes your hot water heater. Sustenance – Americans have likely lost billions of dollars’ worth of refrigerated and frozen food due to power failures over the past few decades.
Survival – This category covers anything and everything that will insure your basic survival in the event of an extended power outage.
Don’t forget to include a first aid kit, prescription medicines and special items for infant, elderly or disabled family members.
This prevents electricity from traveling back through the power lines or what’s known as “back feed.” Back feed creates danger for anyone near lines, particularly crews working to restore power. These are three categories to keep in mind when planning and preparing for a power outage emergency, whether it’s for an ice storm or any potential cause.
If the power is out for more than a few hours, you’ll need a way to heat water in order to sanitize dishes, eating utensils, and do laundry (along with purifying water, if necessary).

Once food has warmed to 40 degrees Fahrenheit or higher for two or more hours, it’s no longer safe to consume. You should also have a plan for living in just one or two rooms during a long-term outage; this will minimize the area that has to be heated.
Power outages can take us by surprise, and they can be scary to both children and adults alike.
When the power goes out, the bottles will help keep food cool longer; keep several in the freezer, and place several more in the fridge.
Make preparations to keep you family protected in an emergency today to insure peace and readiness tomorrow.

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