Get Prepared during the storm season

by WhidbeyLocal 14th October 2016


Prepare for the worst

Keep your family safe — pets too! Don’t get caught without a plan and an emergency kit. Take time now — before a disaster — to get prepared.


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Storm Safety

  • Keep your emergency kits handy.
  • Check out what to do if there is an outage.
  • Unplug sensitive electronic equipment such as computers.
  • Know what natural gas appliances will continue to operate if there is an outage:
    • Natural gas water heaters
    • Gas log fireplaces
    • Gas ovens and ranges (if there is electric ignition, have matches nearby to light the flame)
    • Natural gas barbeques (Remember: never bring a portable grill indoors.)
  • If using a generator, follow the manufacturer’s instructions. See safety tips about portable generators.
  • Keep track of the storm as it develops.
  • If there is an outage:
    • Turn off lights and appliances.
    • Leave one light switch on so you'll know when your power is back on.
    • Use flashlights instead of candles.
    • Keep your freezer and refrigerator doors closed and open them only when it is necessary.
    • Never use a gas range, indoor cooker, charcoal or gas barbeque for heating.
    • Close curtains and drapes to keep the heat in.
    • Wear warm clothes in layers.
    • If the indoor temperature drops to 55 degrees or below, open your faucets so there is a constant drip to prevent pipes from freezing.


Outage Map

Make sure to check our outage map for the latest outages that may affect your area.




Posted by WhidbeyLocal
Friday, 14th October 2016, 07:38pm.
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