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National Preparedness Month is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning now and throughout the year. This is a great time to prepare your home for possible power outages due to natural disasters that may occur. We recommend having the below items in your home in an easily accessible area.  

Have flashlights with extra batteries on hand. While candles can be helpful as light sources, flashlights are the safer option.

Stock up on non-perishable food items that do not require cooking. Remember, your electric can opener will not work without electricity. Have a manual opener on hand.

For those with well service, have a case of bottled water on hand. Fill any bathtubs and extra pitchers with water as well.

Gather heavy clothes and blankets to have on hand. If you have a working fireplace, stock up on firewood now. During summer, you may want battery-powered fans. 

Keep a battery-powered radio on a local station to get weather and outage updates.  Be sure to charge all cell phones before the storm hits. Have a car phone charger in case you need to recharge your phone. 

Have a first aid kit and several days of prescriptions handy. Those who depend on electricity for medical devices may need to move to another location until power is restored. 

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