Make Sure You’re Prepared For A Power Outage
By NAS Whidbey Island Public Affairs
Fall and winter is the time of year when we need to make sure we are prepared for the power outages. We encourage you to take a few moments and review the information below.
- Purchase needed items for your home, office, and car: flashlights, batteries, AM/FM battery powered radio, food.
- Keep cash and change on hand; in power failures ATMs may not work.
- Phones that are cordless and phones with answering machines are power dependent. Have one that does not require power to operate in case you need to call 9-1-1. Keep your cell phone charged.
- Keep your car fuel tank at least half full because gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps.
- If you have an electric garage door opener, find out where the manual release lever is located and learn how to operate it.
- Check your smoke detectors to make sure the batteries are operating. Have a fire extinguisher and know how to operate it. Have a fire evacuation plan and practice fire drills.
- If your smoke detectors are wired directly into the electrical system they will not operate during a power failure. Consider purchasing a smoke detector with batteries as a backup. Special smoke detectors are available for the hearing impaired.
- During the power outage unplug all small appliances to a avoid power surge. Leave one light on so you know when the power comes back on.