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What do I do if the power goes out? gh winds expected over

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What do I do if the power goes out? High winds expected over night in Washington, DC.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: HVAC
Expert:  john replied 10 months ago.

do you have a back up generator or alternate heat source?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
No.
Expert:  john replied 10 months ago.

To help preserve your food during a power outage, keep the following supplies in your home

  • One or more coolers—Inexpensive Styrofoam coolers work well.
  • Ice—Surrounding your food with ice in a cooler or in the refrigerator will keep food colder for a longer period of time during a prolonged blackout.
  • A digital quick-response thermometer— With these thermometers you can quickly check the internal temperatures of food to ensure they are cold enough to use safely.

Put together an emergency preparedness kit with these supplies in case of a prolonged or widespread power outage

  • Water—one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Food—non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Flashlight (Do not use candles during a power outage due to the extreme risk of fire.)
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and required medical items
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal
  • Cell phone with chargers make sure they are fully charged in case of outage
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • If someone in your home is dependent on electric-powered, life-sustaining equipment, remember to include backup power in your evacuation plan
  • Keep a non-cordless telephone in your home. It is likely to work even when the power is out.
  • Keep your car’s gas tank full.
Expert:  john replied 10 months ago.

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