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Emergency Preparedness 2016

Dalton Daily CItizen, Dalton Magazine

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18 Be Prepared — Emergency Guide We often think of tornadoes, earthquakes and fires when devising our emergency preparedness plans. But what about blackouts? A loss of power can accompany many major storms and can often be the most dangerous part of the situation. Blackouts can downright cripple your living situation during the cold weather and can cause heat issues during the summer because they usually cut off power to heating and cooling systems. Before a blackout To prepare for a blackout, the American Red Cross recommends you do the following: • Build an emergency kit and share communications plans with family members. • Keep your car's gas tank at least half full. • Know the location and operating specifications your electric garage door's manual release lever. • Use flashlights for emergency lighting instead of candles or other open flames, which can pose a great risk of fire. During a blackout • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed to keep your food as fresh as possible. If you must eat food that was refrigerated or frozen, check it for spoilage. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that food can last four to six hours in case of a power outage. • Leave on one light so that you'll know when your power returns. • Turn off or disconnect appliances and electronics that were in use when the power went out. When power returns, it can do so in surges that can cause serious damage. • Never run a generator inside a home or garage. • Listen to local stations on your battery-operated radio for updated information. Blackouts

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