WASHINGTON – Every home should have an emergency kit on hand for when storms and power outages occur.
WTOP recommends you print it out this list ahead foul weather and power outages.
Supplies to have on hand:
Portable radio. If you power goes out, radio will be your lifeline. Pre- set your radios to 103.5 FM. If you live in Virginia south of the Beltway you will also want to pre-set 107.7 FM. And if you live in Frederick, Maryland, pre-set your radio to 103.9 FM. 103.5 FM works just fine everywhere else. Listen to WTOP on the telephone. Call 202-380-9977.
Extra food. Consider some foods that do not require cooking or refrigeration. Have a three-day supply on hand.
Bottled water. — one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days for drinking and sanitation.
Prescription medicines. Fill any you may need ahead of time.
Extra baby supplies — diapers, formula, etc.
Manual can opener.
Whistle, in cash you need to signal for help.
Around the house:
Charge your cellphone.
Make a list of emergency phone numbers.
Check the batteries in your smoke detectors and flashlights.
Set your thermostat a few degrees higher.
Refrain from calling 911 or other emergency services unless it is a true emergency or life-threatening condition.
Make sure you check on your neighbors who are senior citizens.
Make sure the account information on file with your electric utility is correct. Have the number to your utility handy, should the power go out.
Other home tips:
Don’t try to remove tree branches from a power line. Treat fallen wires as if they are energized.
If the power goes out and you use a portable generator, always keep it outside – away from doors and windows – to prevent carbon monoxide fumes from coming inside.
Utilities – Electric and cable
WTOP has gathered a list of utility phone numbers.