Although GLE works hard to provide reliable power for its members, power outages do happen, and usually with little or no warning. However, with a little foresight and planning, you can reduce the inconvenience of a power outage into a much more manageable event. Follow these important tips to ensure you are well prepared if a power outage occurs in your area.
A little preparation can go a long way
When preparing for a power outage, it is important that individuals consider where they live, and the unique needs of their family, in order to create a kit that will meet these needs. The following list includes some basic items that every power outage supply kit should include. You’ll want to consider what modifications might be needed for your family’s specific needs.
Fill up water bottles for drinking, and the bathtub and/or buckets for bathroom purposes. No matter what the emergency, we’ll always need to drink water, and go to the bathroom. One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation is recommended.
Have some food handy that doesn’t have to be refrigerated or cooked. Ideas include granola/energy bars, fruit, canned produce, peanut butter, bread, crackers, and nuts. Storms don’t stop for hunger.
Medication and first aid kit
If you’re taking any prescription medication, make sure you have an adequate supply on hand at the first sign of a major storm. Also remember a first aid kit is always a good idea, just in case.
Grab your flashlights and fresh batteries, candles, or other illumination to make sure you can see and be safe. If you’re using candles, make sure you have matches or a lighter handy and always be careful with any open flame.
Charged cell phone
Have a charged cell phone or corded landline telephone on hand. Cordless landline phones will not work when your power is out. Remember to report your outage through your online account, GLE app, or by calling 1-888-GT-LAKES (1-888-485-2537). To download our app, search for “GLE” on the App Store or Google Play.
Board games, cards, and books
For some, being cut off from technology can get very lonely and isolating. Always keep some books and board games around to help pass the time. Have some fun, and escape for a while.
Other options to consider
Battery powered fan
During hot weather, these can help beat the summer heat and make a big difference.
Hand and feet warmers
You can purchase a box of these from the store for a reasonable price and they may pay off in a cold winter storm.
Battery operated radio
Radio stations provide updates on weather situations and GLE works with radio stations to provide updates.
Hand sanitizer and wipes
These items will help conserve water while still helping you keep things clean.
Even a small generator to keep your furnace and refrigerator running is beneficial. If you choose to use a generator, please consult these safety tips first.