Sheriff's Office Behind the Badge Newsletter Topic
If disaster struck today would you be prepared? In the spirit of September being National Preparedness Month the Sheriff’s Office would like to encourage you and your family to create a plan, specifically for power outages. The loss of electrical power for an extended period of time can cause serious hardships ─ particularly for those who have special medical needs or disabilities. Additionally, gaps in communication, information, or service networks may have an effect well beyond the actual area that lacks electrical power.
Here are some things to keep in mind when preparing for a power outage:
• Maintain a supply of water and flashlights with extra batteries. More powerful battery-powered lanterns are also a wise investment. Fire officials strongly discourage the use of candles during a power outage because of the risk of fire. • Portable generators are increasingly popular and invaluable during a power outage, but they emit deadly carbon monoxide gas and must be used properly. Never use generators indoors. Always place them at least 15 feet from doors and windows.• Family members who have power-dependent health needs (i.e. oxygen, dialysis) should have an emergency plan in place at all times. Some families use dry ice for refrigeration following an outage.
During a power outage follow these food and electrical safety tips:
• Food safety
• Electrical safety
For more information and access to emergency resources visit www.jeffco.us/sheriff/emergencies
September 20, 2015
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