The threat of severe storms brings with it the possibility of downed trees and wires, power outages, flooding and closed roads. Preparing for these events is simple, and can help you stay safe through the storm. We've assembled some preparation tips from PECO, the Red Cross and the National Weather Service as a guide to preparing for a dangerous storm.
Stay up-to-date with the forecast. Strong storms are difficult to predict and the forecast can change quickly. Stay tuned to local news, weather radio or the National Weather Service website to know what to expect from the storm.
Make a storm kit. Flashlights, a battery-powered radio and clock, car chargers for your phone, first aid supplies, cash and copies of critical information should be at the ready before a storm hits.
Fill up and stock up in advance. A full tank of gas is critical if you need to get to higher ground in advance of severe flooding, and a running car can serve as a power source for your cell phone and other electronics. Keep a supply of fresh batteries on hand for your radio and flashlights. Don't forget to refill medications. Stock up on non-perishable foods and drinking water – your well pump won't work if the power goes out.
Sign up for email alerts. Solebury Township, Solebury Township Police and Bucks County Emergency Management will provide email alerts with important information during weather emergencies. The location and availability of charging stations, shower facilities and shelters will change depending on the severity of the storm and these alerts will help keep you informed. Click here or on the "Email Notices" box on the home page of the website to sign up.
PECO's emergency number is 1-800-841-4141. Write this number down and keep it handy. Use it to report a power outage. PECO urges all customers affected by an outage to report it — their system counts the number of reports to determine the severity of the problem.
If the power goes out stay far away from downed wires, damaged electrical equipment or downed trees tangled in wires – always assume the wires are electrified and dangerous. Turn off electrical appliances to avoid damage when the power comes back; leave one light on so you know when it's restored.
Keep the fridge closed. If power's been out for a while, move perishables like meat and milk to the freezer compartment — a partially-full freezer can keep food frozen for up to 24 hours; a full freezer, as long as two days.
Use generators safely. Never plug a generator directly into your home wiring. Always place generators outside in a well-ventilated area, clear from flammable debris like dried leaves.
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