Before the Storm

Power Outage Preparation & Emergency Go Kits

Although every storm threat is different it is important to determine whether you will shelter in-place (at your own home or with a friend of family member) or whether you will evacuate. Make this part of your plan, so that you can secure your home and the items that you need prior to a threat impacting our area:

Basic Emergency Supply Kit

Your emergency supply kit should contain 3 to 14 days supply of the following items:

  • Battery operated radio - A NOAA weather radio is also recommended.
  • Blankets, pillows, etc.
  • Cash, small bills are preferable. Credit Cards, Banks and ATM use may not be available for extended periods after the storm
  • Clothing
  • Drinking water, at least 1 gallon daily per person
  • Especially if you plan to evacuate to a public shelter
  • Extra Keys
  • First aid kit/medicines/prescription drugs
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Important Documents - In a waterproof container of water-tight re-sealable plastic bag. Suggested documents include:
    • Bank account numbers
    • Birth certificates
    • Identification
    • Insurance certificates
    • Medical records
    • Proof of city residence
    • Social Security Cards
    • Etc.
  • Nonperishable food
  • Pet care
    • Collar or harness with ID tag, rabies tag and a leash.
    • Crate or pet carrier. The carrier should be large enough for your pet to stand, turn around and lie down.
    • Familiar items. Familiar items, such as treats, toys and bedding can help reduce stress for your pet.
    • Food. At least a three day supply in an airtight, waterproof container.
    • Medicines and medical records.
    • Pet first aid kit
    • A picture of you and your pet together. If you become separated, a picture of you and your pet together will help you document ownership and allow others to assist you.
    • Sanitation. Pet litter and litter box if appropriate, newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach.
    • Water. At least three days of water specifically for your pets.
  • Rain gear, special items for babies and the elderly
  • Telephones, a traditional telephone with cord and if possible, a fully charged cell phone with extra battery or a car charger
  • Toiletries hygiene items/moisture wipes
  • Tools, keep a set with you during the storm
  • Toys, books and games
  • Vehicle fuel tanks filled