FRANKLIN COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
Preparedness Fact Sheet
WINDSTORMS... When The Lights Go Out
The Tri-Cities have experienced many violent windstorms
in past years, and there is every likelihood they will come again
and again. These storms have been known to kill and injure people,
destroy homes and businesses, knock out public utilities and leave
thousands of people without power anywhere from a few hours to
ten or more days.
The following steps will help you prepare for the next windstorm
and the power outages that generally accompany them.
- Have a disaster plan;
and assemble a disaster supplies kit
(include several flashlights, battery powered radio, extra batteries
and a wind-up clock).
- Anchor outdoor objects that can blow away.
- Fill vehicles with gas in case the gas stations lose power.
- Register life-sustaining equipment with your utility.
- Consider buying a small generator to power electrically powered
- When installing generators, follow the manufacturer's instructions
and have it inspected by the utility company and state electrical
- Have a corded telephone available. Cordless phones do not
work when the power is out.
- Post the phone number of the New Construction, Repairs and
Power Outage listing of your local utility.
- Learn how to open your electric garage door using the manual
- Make sure you have an alternate heat source and fuel supply.
- Do not drive or go outside in high winds. Avoid windows.
- Stay far away from downed power lines.
- Report the outage to your local utility, otherwise, use the
phone for emergencies only.
- If you are the only one without power, check your fuse box
or circuit breaker panel. Turn off large appliances before replacing
fuses or resetting circuits.
- If power is out in the neighborhood, disconnect all electrical
heaters and appliances to reduce the initial demand and protect
motors from possible low voltage damage.
- Connect lights and appliances directly to a generator, not
to an existing electrical system.
- If you leave home, turn off or unplug heat producing appliances.
- Unplug computers and other voltage sensitive equipment to
protect them from power surges.
- Conserve water, especially if you are on a well.
- Keep doors, windows and draperies closed to retain heat.
- Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. If doors remain
closed, a fully loaded freezer can keep foods frozen for two days.
- Be extremely careful of fire hazards caused by candles or
other flammable sources.
- When using kerosene heaters, gas lanterns or stoves indoors,
maintain ventilation to avoid a build-up of toxic fumes.
- Do not use charcoal indoors.
- Leave on light switch on to alert you when the power is restored.