September is National Weather Preparedness month. It’s a great time to take stock of supplies and procedures to prepare for any adverse weather events that winter can bring. Here are a few tips to get you started planning for a safe winter weather or storm season.
Items to have on hand in the event of an emergency:
- First aid kit
- Nonperishable food options such as: protein bars, oatmeal, canned foods, dried beans, rice, etc.
- Backup battery for cell phone
- Gallons of water
If you or someone in your household relies on equipment for their health, like oxygen, make sure you have extra batteries, a generator or other backup power source that can keep the equipment running.
Sometimes bad weather comes without warning, but if you have advance warning that bad weather is forecast, make sure that you have refilled any essential prescriptions and have other personal health and hygiene items, baby items, and food for pets.
The Bowie-Cass Electric Cooperative Mobile App is a good tool to have during an emergency. With it you can report an outage and follow the outage restorage efforts. The app is available both for iPhone and Android devices.
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