Before assembling your emergency/outage kit, make a list of any supplies every individual in your household may need over three days. Be sure to include important items such as, but not limited to: medications, first aid, food, water, flashlights, batteries, pet supplies and other important items. After you’ve gathered everything, leave your list with the kit so you’ll be able to refer to it in the future when it’s time to replenish the supplies.
Store your supplies in a sturdy bag or tote and place it in a location that’ll be easy to access in an emergency. Consider covering it in glow in the dark paint or stickers so it’ll be easy to find in the dark.
It’s also smart practice to prepare your home for outages. Protect your electrical equipment, like computers, TVs, stereos and appliances from potentially damaging interruptions with surge protectors. Take a moment to learn to manually open your garage door, if it has an automatic opener. Have a camp stove on hand to cook during a prolonged outage, just remember to use them outdoors to avoid carbon monoxide.
For comprehensive supply lists and additional emergency planning tips, visit clarkpublicutilities.com or the Red Cross website. If the lights go out, report it by calling 360-992-8000 or using the mobile-friendly reporting tool on the website. Stay at least 30 feet away from downed power lines and any conductive material they may be touching, such as metal fences. Report it to the utility immediately…