While disasters can be unexpected, there are many ways to prepare before one strikes. September is National Preparedness Month, and we encourage you to educate yourself about emergency preparation, and take steps now to be ready. Here a few ways to become better prepared this September.
Make a Family Plan
If your family doesn’t already have one, make an emergency preparedness plan. All family members, including children, should have your plan memorized. Ready.gov is a great resource for guidelines, and family communication tips.
Assemble a Kit
In the event of an emergency; you could be without resources for an extended period of time. Having an emergency supply kit is essential. Below we’ve provided a checklist to reference when creating your own kit.
Emergency Supply Kit Checklist
- Water – a three day supply (1 gallon a day per family member)
- Food – non-perishable items that do not need to be heated
- Battery powered or hand crank radio
- Prescription medications
- Manual can opener
- Hand tools
- Extra blankets and bedding
- List of emergency contact phone numbers
Elderly family members, children and pets may have additional special needs which should be considered when preparing your kit. For example, special medications, games for children or pet food. Consider involving all family members when creating the kit, so everyone is familiar with the supplies. Store your kit in a safe and dry place that is easily accessible.
Preparing for Power Loss
If the power goes out, know how to stay safe. Here are a few tips:
- Report outages and downed wires by calling 1-877-737-2662 or online at pepco.com, or by downloading our mobile app.
- Avoid downed wires and working crews
- Locate your emergency kit
- Unplug lamps, TVs and appliances
- Keep refrigerator and freezer doors shut
For more information about emergency preparedness, please visit pepco.com.