Preparing for Storms

Be Prepared For When the Power Goes Out

Following a storm, you won't have time to search for supplies or buy them locally. Make sure your storm needs are assembled and stored where they can be accessed by all family members. At least once every 6 months, take an inventory of the articles stored and replace any items required.

What You Need Before a Storm

  • A copy of your Freeport Electric bill
  • Keep your car's gas tank at least 1/2 full
  • Cash on hand in small denominations
  • 2 cases of bottled water (24 bottles each)
  • Fill 5-gallon containers with tap water
  • New batteries and your portable radio
  • Have candles and safety matches
  • Have non-perishable food available for at least 1 week for each family member
  • A non-electric can opener
  • Paper plates, napkins, and towels
  • Several large empty garbage bags
  • Baby needs such as formula, diapers, etc.
  • A first aid kit (PDF)
  • A 1-week medication supply
  • Don't forget Rover - get additional pet food
  • Clean clothing in a large plastic bag
  • Pack some books and games
  • Have lanterns and fuel
  • Toiletries are a must
  • Blankets and sleeping bags
  • Secure outdoor furniture
  • A fire extinguisher
  • Flashlights and fresh batteries
  • An emergency family evacuation plan
  • Trim any bushes or shrubs near your house
  • Trim trees near your house