Storms, disasters and emergencies can lead to power outages. When the forecast threatens severe weather, make sure you have a plan in place to protect you and your loved ones in the case of an extended outage.

Here's some information that will help you prepare.

Remember the 3 Bs

Basics: Make sure you have enough bottled water to last up to three days in case you experience an outage. Stock your car and house with weather appropriate gear, clothes and blankets. Store food that your family can consume in case you do not have the ability to cook. Make accommodations for pets and livestock.

Batteries: Keep your phones charged and make sure your flashlights have fresh batteries. Place batteries in an accessible location that is easy to find in the dark, should you lose power.

Back-up plan: Communicate with loved ones and those with vulnerable health now. Tell them what time to expect you to check in on them in-person or on the phone during the storm. Make plans now about how and where this loved one will go in case he or she loses power.

Assemble an Emergency Kit

Your kit should include the following:

  • Battery-powered radio and flashlights with fresh batteries
  • Extra blankets
  • Water for drinking and washing
  • Non-perishable food and a can opener.
  • First aid kit and prescription medicines.

emergency kit checklist

Don't forget to have emergency supplies in your car, also. You can learn more by visiting the North Carolina Cooperative Storm Center.