Be Prepared Just In Case
Lane Electric’s mission is to provide its members with reliable service – day and night. Employees are constantly at work maintaining equipment, removing trees from rights-of-way, and upgrading the Cooperative’s power system.
Despite our best efforts, severe and unusual weather can wreak havoc and cause a power outage that can last for hours or days. Snow and ice, high winds and lightning are a few examples of natural conditions that can seriously damage power equipment in a large area. Even with crews working around-the-clock, repairs are time consuming, difficult and often dangerous.
We have developed a list of suggestions that can help you during the long hours of an outage.
Always be prepared! Put together an emergency kit that is easily accessible in case of a lengthy power outage or other natural event. Supplies should include:
- Flashlight, wind-up or portable radio & fresh batteries. Always keep the batteries separate until you are ready to use them.
- Candles & matches.
- Bottled drinking water. Be sure to store at least one gallon per person per day. If a storm is forecast, fill the bathtub with water so bathroom facilities can still be used by pouring a bucket of water down the toilet to create a vacuum flush. You might also still have 50 gallons of fresh, usable water in your water heater.
- If you have a fireplace or wood stove, keep kindling and dry firewood on hand.
- Clothing. Wear extra layers and cover your head with a hat. Have sleeping bags and blankets handy too.
- Easy-to-prepare food items. Purchase items that don’t require much cooking – canned or instant soups, stews or chili, packaged freeze-dried meals, and protein or breakfast bars are good to have on hand.
- Gas camp stoves, lanterns or barbecues. NEVER use a camp stove or barbecue indoors! Be sure to use any lanterns on a flat, stable and non-flammable surface. Make sure to have extra fuel for cooking outdoors.
- Ample supply of essential prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs. During a storm, road travel may not be possible for several days.
- First aid kit. Make sure that all of the supplies are filled ready to go.
- Games. Board games and cards are fun and handy to pass the time.