Before A Storm

Take Charge of Your Safety!

Some advanced prep on your part, combined with heeding timely weather warnings and watches, could be the very things that save your life and those you love.

Develop an Emergency Plan

Discuss with your family where to meet in the case of an emergency. Since severe weather can occur any time of day, your family can bescattered–work, school, friends, on the road, even out of town. Determine where within your home you will gather, where in your neighborhood to gather, and where within your region to meet back up should you become separated. It’s also be a good idea to choose an out-of-state contact that everyone can call to say, “I’m okay!”

Develop an emergency or lights out kit.

Your kit should at least include the following:

  • Flashlights/lanterns and fresh batteries
  • Battery operated radio or TV
  • Bottled water
  • First aid kit
  • Non-perishable food and a manual can opener
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Garbage bags, twist ties and moist towelettes (for personal sanitation)
  • Dust mask or filter mask
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Sheet of plastic or tarp and duct tape

Prepare your home in advance by plugging major appliances, computers and other electronically sensitive equipment into surge protectors. If you have plenty of warning that a storm is approaching turn your freezer and refrigerator to the coldest setting to help preserve food longer in the case of an outage. The same goes for your home’s cooling system. Depending on the time of year, either turn down the air or turn up the heat ahead of time in case of an outage to help keep your home’s temperature comfortable longer. And never leave your gas tank on empty. Don’t be stranded in your home simply because you don’t have enough fuel to get you and your family to a safer location.

And finally, and perhaps most importantly, determine the most secure place in your home. When there’s a warning in your area and meteorologists tell you to head to the safest area of your home, every member of your family needs to know where that place is, and that’s where your emergency kit should be waiting for you.

Should you lose power due to severe weather, call us at 1-844-Our-LCUB (1-844-687-5282) to report the outage. You can also view our Outage Map to keep track of power outages. Make sure you have registered beforehand with our Outage Management Services response system so we can locate you quickly. As soon as it is safe, LCUB crews will work around the clock to restore your power as soon as possible.

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