Surviving a Power Outage

* Create an emergency kit with a battery-powered radio, a flashlight and candles, extra batteries, matches, a first-aid kit, bottled water and non-perishable food.

*Use fuel burning heaters ONLY in a well-ventilated area. NEVER burn charcoal indoors. The fumes are hazardous. Always store fuel in a cool dry place; not in your home.

* Keep old blankets and quilts stored away for emergencies. They not only help keep you warm, but can also be used to cover windows, doors and other cold air leaks during a power failure.

*Cordless phones do not work during an outage. Make sure you have at least one phone with a cord.

* Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors shut. This will help keep foods chilled for hours.

* Unplug TVs, computers and microwaves. Leave at least one light on so you will know when the power has been restored.

* After the storm, replace used batteries in your kit and restock food and water to be prepared for any other emergency.