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Bundle Up For Possible Storms This Winter


Follow these tips to stay safe and warm during a power outage


Winter Storm


Severe winter storms often bring heavy accumulation of ice and snow, which can lead to downed power lines and extended outages. Snapping Shoals crews will work hard and as quickly as possible to restore power, but having a winter survival kit on hand is a smart idea.

  • Store food that does not require cooking, such as canned goods, crackers, dehydrated meats and dried fruit. Keep a large supply of water on hand. Ready.gov recommends one gallon per person for at least three days.
  • Keep all forms of identification handy, such as driver's licenses photo IDs, and social security cards. Bank account information and insurance policies are also good to have on hand.
  • Keep a First Aid Kit, blankets, flashlight, battery-powered radio and extra batteries on hand.
If an outage occurs, you should plan for an alternate heating source. A fireplace, propane space heater or wood-burning stove would be sufficient. Fuel and wood-burning heating sources should always be vented, and make sure carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are working properly. Always practice extreme caution when using alternate heating sources.

If you decide to use a portable generator during an outage, make sure it is placed outside the home for proper ventilation. Be careful not to overload the generator. Use appropriate extension cords that can handle the electric load.