10 tips to help prepare for the expected power outage

10 tips to help prepare for the expected power outage

As Hurricane Irma moves up the Florida coast, it has already knocked out power to thousands. The storm will bring strong winds to north Georgia Monday into Tuesday. That wind, along with heavy rain, has the potential to cause widespread power outages. Here are ten things you could do to help you through the power outage:


  1. Ensure your smartphone and any extra battery packs are fully charged.


  1. Do your laundry so you have clean clothes for as long as possible.


  1. Bake or prepare any food you want to eat later, including coffee, because cold coffee is better than no coffee.


  1. Make ice that you might need later. You can store the extra ice in bags in your freezer. The ice in your freezer will help keep food colder, longer.


  1. Find the manual release for your garage door.


  1. Find your flashlights. Flashlights are better than candles in these situations because candles can lead to fires.


  1. Find your manual can opener.


  1. Unplug unnecessary/sensitive electronics that are not on surge connectors. A momentary power surge can damage such devices.


  1. Think about your neighbors, particularly the elderly and those with health issues. They may need your help preparing for a power outage.


  1. Download news and weather apps onto your smartphone to stay informed, through updates about the hurricane.
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