It’s happened to all of us. You’re sitting in your cozy living room with your family, watching a movie, playing a game or reading a book and, poof, out goes the power.
Chicago’s extreme weather means a power outage can happen anytime: in the heat of the summer when everybody has the air conditioner cranked up; in the middle of a brutal winter storm, when ice and snow can weigh on power lines; and during a thunderstorm, when lightning hits a transformer.
Being prepared is the key to making that blackout safer and easier for you and your family. Follow these simple steps before an outage, and then know what precautions to take after the power goes out (and, even, when it comes back on).
Put together a basic emergency kit that you can have ready at all times, like the one suggested by FEMA. Items should include a battery-powered or hand-crank weather radio; a flashlight with extra batteries; and a three-day supply of nonperishable food and water per person.
Once the power’s back on and everything is back to normal, don’t forget to replenish anything you used up from that basic supply kit.
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