Minnesota storms can be pretty nasty. Trees, flooding, winds, tornados, and torrential rains are definitely not Minnesota Nice, especially to power lines. Storm damage and power outages can impact an entire community in many different ways.
Power outages can disrupt communications, water, and transportation on a residential level as well as to commercial businesses. It could also prevent businesses like grocery stores, retail centers, and gas stations from opening. Without power, medical facilities could be impacted as well. So how can you prepare for a power outage? Here are some tips:
First of all, prepare an Emergency Outage Kit and make sure it’s well stocked. Here’s what should go into the kit:
- Fresh batteries
- Matches or lighters
- Battery Powered Radio
- Portable charging dock—charged
- Bottled water
- First-aid kit
- Instructions on how to open electric garage doors
- Non-perishable food items
Keep in mind that an unopened refrigerator and freezer will stay cold longer so to extend the cooling life, keep those closed. If you have ice and a large cooler you can transfer any items you might be more concerned about or things you use more frequently.
If your power goes out in the winter you must also be prepared with warm clothing and blankets. During the summer it’s more important to stay cool and hydrated. If your electrical company has updated contact information, they’ll have an easier time contacting you with updates.
There’s also the problem of expensive electronic devices and equipment that can be damaged during outages due to power surges. It’s always a good idea to purchase and use surge protectors. Surge protectors are a simple solution that will protect your devices that are plugged into power strips from excess voltage. Some power strips are equipped with surge protectors but you can also purchase them separately.
It’s never pleasant to consider power outages and storm damage but it’s definitely a reality. These tips will help prepare your family and protect your property from in the event of a power outage.