Keep a power-outage kit handy. Assign a shelf or drawer for emergency supplies. Items to include:
- Battery-operated radio (or hand-crank radio)
- Extra batteries
- Candles and matches
- Wind-up clock
- Manual can opener
- First-aid kit
- Bottled water
- Canned food
- Space blanket
Know where your circuit breaker or fuse box is and how to safely reset or change a fuse.
In an outage emergency, tune in to local radio, MOA's informational emergency hotline at (907)343-4701 or follow the city's Office of Emergency Management on Twitter @AnchorageEOC and like them on Facebook.
Larger emergencies may require additional preparation and a "go-kit", including important papers like insurance policies, birth certificates and phone contacts in the event that you need to evacuate. Keep in mind that seniors and family members with disabilities may have unique requirements such as prescription medications, mobility aids or other life-support equipment. Don't forget to prepare for your pets. Visit the Anchorage Municipal Office of Emergency Management's Emergency Preparedness website for information and tips to developing your plan at http://www.muni.org/departments/oem/prepared/Pages/default.aspx.
The Energy Watch Facebook site focuses on what you can do to help if and when natural gas delivery pressures drop low enough to warrant concern for the gas and electric systems.
Take Precautions Now
- Save computer data frequently and invest in an Uninterrupted Power System or a surge suppressor if you can't afford to lose data. Or after an event, turn off sensitive equipment to protect them from a potential power surge when power is restored.
- Know how to keep tropical fish and birds safe when the power goes out.
- Stay away from downed power lines or electrical equipment that appears to be damaged. Assume all cables and wires are energized and stay away. Please report downed lines immediately. Never drive over downed lines. Use extreme caution at intersections. Avoid debris-laden or flooded areas as they may conceal downed lines.
- Use your fireplace safely and never attempt to heat a room with a portable or charcoal grill.
- A fully loaded refrigerator may keep food fresh for about six hours and a fully loaded freezer may keep food frozen for up to two days if you don't open it.
- Know how to use your electric garage door opener's manual override.
- If you were cooking when the power went out, be sure to turn off the appliance to prevent a possible fire hazard when power is restored.