Have a contingency plan in place for patients who have a medical necessity for electricity. This can include backup power, extra supplies or an alternate location until the outage is over.
Secure flashlights, battery-powered lanterns and extra batteries. Avoid light sources that require a flame or fire.
If you depend on a well, fill bathtubs or other large containers for household use, like flushing toilets. Stock up on drinking water. If you have livestock or poultry, secure a stand-by generator to run the well.
If you’re on a community water system, listen for advisories to boil water in case water treatment plants are affected.
Have blankets, sleeping bags and extra clothes on-hand, including hats. If you have a fireplace, make sure there's kindling and a good supply of wood. Be extremely careful when using alternate heating sources. Some are not approved for indoor use and could be a fire or carbon monoxide hazard. Make sure your fire extinguisher is charged and working.
Have a licensed electrician properly install a backup generator and obtain a fuel supply to run it. Georgia law requires you to have a properly installed transfer switch. A transfer switch isolates the generator from our lines and eliminates feedback to the electric system. Feedback can electrocute anyone coming in contact with wires your generator has energized. If you don't have a transfer switch installed, plug appliances directly into the generator using a properly sized extension cord. Buy an external power pack or car charger for your cell phone and an extra battery for your laptop. A power inverter allows you to run your laptop from your car’s cigarette lighter.
View our Generator Guide.
Nonperishable foods that don't need cooking are ideal, like canned fruit, powdered milk, peanut butter, trail mix, bread and crackers. Don't forget a manual can opener.
Get a portable radio with extra batteries for local information and a NOAA Weather Radio for weather warnings.
Have adequate supplies of prescription drugs and a first aid kit on hand.
Have some extra cash.