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Storm Ready: What Will Your Family Need if You Lose Power During a Storm?

Think of Your Family’s Needs

Before preparing your emergency plan, think of the needs and responsibilities of your family. Keep in mind these may include:

  • Different ages of household members 
  • Responsibilities for helping others 
  • Dietary needs 
  • Medical needs, including prescriptions, medical devices and equipment 
  • Pets or service animals 

Make a Plan

Put a plan together on how your family will respond to a storm. Consider that during a widespread emergency, such as a hurricane, you may not have power for several days. Ask your family these questions and create a plan to respond. 

  • How will we receive emergency alerts and warnings? 
  • Do we need to update our emergency kit? 
  • How do we plan to communicate with family and friends during and after the storm? 
  • What is our plan to evacuate or seek other shelter, if needed? 

Sign Up for Alerts, Warnings 

Technology has made it easier to stay informed during emergencies. Before a storm hits, download an app that can give you weather alerts and warnings, such as the FEMA app. 

Know How to Report an Outage

To view or report a power outage, visit outage.jacksonemc.com, use the MyJacksonEMC mobile app or call 1-800-245-4044. 

Make an Emergency Kit

  • Water (A gallon per person, per day per several days)
  • Non-perishable food, such as dried fruit, peanut butter or energy bars
  • Manual can opener
  • Paper plates, plastic cups and utensils, paper towels
  • Cash
  • Prescription medications
  • Extra batteries or an alternative power source
  • Toiletries
  • Battery-powered or hand-cranked radio
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Flashlights
  • Whistle to signal for helo
  • First aid kit
  • Pet food
  • Baby supplies (formula, diapers, etc.)
  • Extra pair of eyeglasses

For more severe weather preparation tips, visit jacksonemc.com/storm.