There are many safety precautions we can take every day to prevent injuries and protect our personal property and families. However, when Mother Nature strikes, it proves how important it is to be prepared.
With more than 4,000 customers depending on our electric service, storm preparation is one of the most essential measures we take, and just as TTD prepares year-round for potential storm-related power outages, we encourage our customers to prepare as well.
Here are some important tips to consider when preparing for an approaching storm:
- Listen to weather forecasts and plan ahead
- If you lose power, use flashlights. Do not use candles or kerosene lamps – they can create a fatal safety hazard
- Develop a family emergency plan that includes alternative arrangements should the need arise to leave your home. Make provisions for special needs of any family member such as the elderly, disabled, medically affected, or infants. If you are dependent on electric-powered medical equipment, you are encouraged to seek alternate arrangements if your electric service is interrupted
- Keep the following items on hand: fresh batteries, a portable radio, flashlights, a manual can opener, matches, a battery-operated or wind-up clock, and non-perishable food (canned and dried food)
- Make a list of emergency phone numbers (including 203-663-6875 to report an outage to TTD) and keep a personal telephone book and one corded phone or cell phone on hand
- Keep a first-aid kit in your home and one in your car
- Keep one gallon of bottled water for each person in the household
- If your home uses well water, fill a bathtub with water for sanitation use
- Keep cash on hand
Natural disasters can develop gradually or happen quickly with little warning. For this reason, planning for an emergency now can save you and your family much needed time during severe weather conditions.
To learn more about emergency preparedness, visit www.ready.gov for more emergency preparedness tips.