In recent years “bad” weather seems to have a mind of its own. Drought here and floods there, blizzards here and record “warm spells” there—all added to wildfires, tornados, hurricanes, electrical brownouts, rolling-blackouts, etc.
If you and your family are prepared for power outages, disruption of water and gas service, and communications interruptions, then you’re one step ahead of the bad weather game. Emergency preparedness experts recommend the following for year-round protection in the event of any emergency, weather-related or otherwise:
- Always keep enough bottled drinking water, non-perishable canned goods and dry foods on-hand to last your family for 3-days in the event of utility service interruption.
- If you have a charcoal or propane gas grill, never bring it into your living quarters for cooking or heating. These devices give-off carbon monoxide and can cause serious illness and even death.
- Keep a battery-powered radio, several flashlights, and plenty of fresh batteries on-hand in places where every family member can find them easily.
- If you own a cellular phone, make certain that you know where to find the adapter that will allow you to charge your phone’s battery using your automobile’s engine. If you don’t have a carpower-adapter (which plugs into the cigarette lighter), get one.
- Avoid using candles, kerosene lanterns or other light sources that represent a significant fire hazard at a time when emergency response resources will be hard pressed to keep up with public demands for assistance.
- Remember that storms of all types are apt to “knock-down” live power lines. If you see any downed electric wires, always assume they are “hot” and stay away from them.
We hope these tips help our fellow Chicagoans as they continue to brave the blizzard. From all of us here at Alert Protective Services, stay warm and be safe!