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Before a Storm

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Tips to Prepare for Storms and Outages

Home Use Medical Devices

If you are a home medical device user, it is important that your device works during a power outage and that you have a plan in place to ensure you know what to do.

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration can help you create a plan with the assistance of a healthcare professional. This plan will help you:

  • Obtain and organize important information about your medical device.
  • Take the necessary actions so that you can continue to use your device in the event of an outage.
  • Have the necessary supplies for the operation of your device.
  • Know where to go or what to do if you need further assistance during a power outage.

Remember to update this booklet as your treatment, doctors, caregivers, or personal contacts change.

Pre-Storm Preparation

  • Stock up on non-perishables such as canned goods and pet food, and make sure you have adequate medical supplies and prescriptions for yourself and your pets.
  • Pick up paper goods: plates, towels, plastic ware, etc.
  • Turn the temperature controls on your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting to keep food cold in the event of a power outage.
  • Fill several large containers with water for drinking and also fill the bath tub so you have water to flush your toilet.
  • Keep flashlights, batteries, candles and matches on hand and make sure they are available throughout the house.
  • Have a battery-powered radio available.
  • Make sure you have fresh batteries in the correct sizes for the flashlights and radio.
  • Be sure there’s a first aid kit in the house.
  • Fill your car with gasoline. Your car can also be a good place to get warm or charge your cell phone. Just make sure you keep it well ventilated and don’t fall asleep while it is running.
  • Be prepared to cook outside. You can use charcoal or propane grills or even a camping cook stove if the power goes out. Never bring grills inside.
  • Have extra gasoline on hand if you own an electric generator.
  • Make a list of emergency phone numbers or program them into your cell phone. Handy numbers to have include the Red Cross, fire, police and a family doctor.

Prep for Hurricanes and Extreme Weather

For more severe storms such as hurricanes, tropical storms or blizzards, you might want to take the following precautions a day or two ahead of the storm impacting your area.

  • Tape, board or shutter windows and glass doors.
  • Secure all outdoor objects that could become airborne by high winds.
  • Tie down mobile homes or moored boats, or move them to a safe location.
  • Wedge sliding glass doors to prevent them from lifting from their tracks.
  • Load up a cooler with ice and food you can use during the first hours of an outage.
  • In the winter, close off unused rooms to conserve heat. Open curtains and shades to let sunlight in; close them at night. Stock up on firewood.
  • Plug sensitive computer and electronic equipment into surge suppressors or surge protectors. A surge suppressor diverts excessive electrical energy away from your equipment to an electrical "ground."
  • In frigid weather, if your power is likely to be out for more than a few days, you may want to ask your plumber about draining your home’s water pipes so they don’t freeze and burst.

Handy Resources

  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has a detailed checklist to help build an emergency kit with essential items to meet the needs of your family.
  • Eversource has a storm safety checklist available to help you prepare and stay safe before, during and after a storm.