September is National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month provides a good opportunity to remind us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year.

Water-related tips:

  • The average person needs to drink at least two quarts of water each day. Children, nursing mothers, and others may need more.
  • Store at least one gallon per person per day, for drinking and cooking.
  • Water shut off: The water shut off valve is found where the water supply enters the house. Check with your water company to determine if a special tool is needed to turn the valve.

Electric-related tips:

  • Always keep on hand fresh batteries, flashlights, ice chests, battery powered radios and manual hand cranks or car chargers for mobile communication devices, all of which are useful during extended power outages.
  • Do not operate any electrical switches if a gas leak is suspected. To shut off the electricity to your home, turn off individual breakers first, then the main switch.
  • Stay clear of downed lines and anything touching them. Always assume that a power line is live and hazardous.
  • If you use a generator, run it outdoors and connect it directly to appliances using a heavy-duty extension cord. NEVER connect a generator directly to house wiring, which is extremely dangerous to power crews and could also cause a fire.  Learn more.