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September 2, 2021

How to prepare for a 72-hour emergency

Severe weather can strike at any time. Heavy snow and ice, strong winds, flooding, thunderstorms, and tornadoes all have the potential to close roads, take down power and telecommunication lines, and more. In the blink of an eye, we can find ourselves without the ability to cook, travel, keep cool or warm, or even access the basics like electricity and running water.

September is National Preparedness Month, and at South Central Power Company, we want to help you prepare for the possibility of a disaster and to help keep your family safe while emergency workers like your South Central Power lineworkers work around the clock to get your power restored. While we’re rebuilding our system, the right supplies can help you can ride out the difficult hours and days in the wake of a disaster.

How can you prepare for a disaster?

Check out our resources at southcentralpower.com/report-an-outage and get started with these six essentials for your 72-hour disaster kit:

  • First aid kit, including prescriptions
  • Nonperishable foods
  • Sleeping bags/warm blankets
  • Fully charged cellphone and car or solar charger
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Water: 1 gallon per day for each member of your household

Stay ahead of the storm:

South Central Power is launching a new email communication tool to advise members when we’re preparing for severe weather or other emergencies. Now, you can get tips on how to get ready at home, as well as track our power restoration response.

Be sure to sign up for My Account or the South Central app to automatically opt in to receive our disaster response emails.

Don’t forget to download the South Central app on your smartphone to report outages, get updates, and see our outage map.

Be prepared. Build a home emergency kit. Visit www.southcentralpower.com/report-an-outage/disaster-readiness/ for more information.

From the September 2021 issue of Ohio Cooperative Living.