Unfortunately power outages are inevitable during major storms and being prepared will help keep you and your family safe.
During an outage our crews work hard to restore your power. But it is possible, in extreme situations, for members to be without power for extended amounts of time. So it's always best to plan ahead when a storm is coming and be prepared!
Click here to view the Pennsylvania Emergency Preparedness Guide.
Prepare an Emergency Kit
Styrofoam coolers to preserve food.
- Water -- one gallon per person, per day.
- Ice to keep food cold.
- Food -- non-perishable, easy-to-prepare.
- Battery or hand-crank radio.
- Extra batteries.
- Multi-purpose tool.
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items.
- First aid supplies.
- Seven-day supply of any needed medications.
- Copies of important documents.
- Cell phone with charger.
- Extra cash. Keep your car's gas tank full.
To learn more about preparing for storms and other emergencies, visit www.redcross.org/domore.
Be a Fam with a Plan
- Communicate. Talk with your family about who to call, where to go, and what to do if disaster strikes.
- Educate. Plan different strategies on what to do for different situations. Map out a fire escape route from all areas of your home, and establish a safe place to go during threatening weather. Make sure all family members know their full names, address, and phone numbers. Agree on an out-of-town relative or friend to call if everyone gets separated during a disaster, and have an ICE (In Case of Emergency) contact in your cell phone that first responders can call if needed.
- Prepare. Set up warning systems in your home—fire detectors and carbon monoxide alarms give advance notice that can save lives. Use a battery-operated weather radio for advance storm warnings, and subscribe to your local Office of Emergency Management alerts by text or e-mail if available. Keep an emergency kit handy that contains five days worth of non-perishable food and water, first aid supplies, a list of phone numbers (including your electric co-op and other utilities’ outage numbers), medicines, and cleaning supplies. Also, plan for pets or any special needs for family members. Then practice your emergency plans.
- Keep calm: Think clearly and follow your plan. Use the resources you prepared in case of emergencies.
- Emergency phone: Keep a corded landline phone handy in case of emergency. If cell phone batteries die, there’s no way to charge them during a power outage. A landline phone will still work without electricity and become your link to the outside world.
- Be patient: Wait for all danger to pass. Never re-enter an evacuated area without permission to do so, and remember to use caution when you do go back into your home—you can’t always see danger, such as a ruptured gas line.
- Avoid delayed danger: Do not approach downed wires or power lines, and watch for rising waters. Keep standby generators in well-ventilated areas—never run a generator indoors, even in a garage.
With a little planning, the worst can be avoided during disasters. Visit redcross.org or ready.gov for more disaster planning ideas. Taking the time to be prepared is worth the effort now in case of emergency later.