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7 Important Power Outage Safety Tips

Tornadoes blow through town wreaking havoc and widespread destruction. Power outages follow closely in their wake. Some towns have gone days without power due to tornado damage. So how do you survive a power outage with minimal disruption to your life? By following these 7 SAFETY TIPS.

  1. The number # 1 rule is not to touch downed powerlines. If they have fallen on or around your home, stay put and call 911. If live lines have ignited a fire on your home, exit the home immediately and step carefully over the lines.
  2. Always keep some cash on hand during severe weather season. If the power goes out, banks and other essential providers will most likely lose power, too.
  3. Fill up on gas before the storm hits. If your community goes dark, there goes your cars fuel supply.
  4. Keep a healthy supply of flashlights and batteries in your home and car. Make sure they are accessible to all members of your family.
  5. Have extra blankets and warm clothing readily available. On the rare occasion that tornadoes occur during winter, a power outage can make for a chilly night.
  6. Always have an extra supply of bottled water and non-perishable food items, including baby supplies and pet food. If power outages affect your community long term, groceries will be in short supply.
  7. If possible, have a small generator as back up. Generators can supply your home with electricity for several days while power lines are repaired.

Tornadoes can easily snap power lines and poles, forcing homeowners to do without electricity for days on end. The better prepared you are for unexpected outages, the easier you will have it while you wait for the power to spring back to life.

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Can A Weather Radio Save Your Life?

There is nothing more important than staying informed during a severe weather situation. But what happens when your electricity goes out? Or you must take sanctuary in your storm shelter? This is when a weather radio becomes a ‘must have’ tool. It provides a critical link to the outside world, and keeps you up to date on possible dangerous situations.

But what exactly is a weather radio and how does it differ from a normal radio?

A true weather radio is serviced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and issues updates on current or upcoming weather events and other emergencies. Alerts such as natural disasters, earthquakes, hurricanes and other public service emergencies are a comprehensive part of the NWR alert system. In conjunction with the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) Emergency Alert System, NWR is an “all hazards” radio network, allowing it to be a comprehensive source for weather and emergency information.

Weather radios can’t be picked up on normal AM/FM transmissions because they operate on their own set of VHF frequencies. Certain weather radios have a Specific Alert Message Encoding (SAME) that will break through normal radio broadcasts to issue an alarm. Special features also allow you to specify your location for more accurate broadcasts. Weather ‘alert’ radios have the ability to remain silent until a programmed alert is issued.

While most weather radios can be powered by electricity, they do have a backup battery system. Therefore, batteries should always be in your emergency kit. Another popular feature, is the hand-crank generator. This allows the radio to stay powered in case of electrical or battery failure.

While radios may seem old fashioned, a true weather radio is a critical tool for possible emergencies. Inexpensive, small and portable, a weather radio can be your best friend. And yes, it can save your life!

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