It’s a good idea to turn off or disconnect all electrical appliances, electrical equipment and most lighting. Leave just one or two lights on so you’ll know when power has been restored.
It’s also a good idea to keep a first-aid kit ready. And if you have someone in your family with special medical needs or in a delicate condition, it’s a good idea to notify both the police and your utility company.
You may want to consider purchasing an inexpensive inverter that you can run from your car. This will allow you to power appliances that require small amounts of electricity for short periods of time.
Last, but not least, make a list of emergency phone numbers and keep a cell phone or corded phone on hand.
Above all, stay calm and don’t panic.
Richard L. Gast, Extension program educator II, Horticulture, Natural Resources, Energy, Agriculture programs assistant, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Franklin County, 355 West Main St., Suite 150, Malone, N.Y., 12953. Phone 483-7403, fax 483-6214 or email email@example.com.