Southern Pine Electric members have experienced the destruction of tornadoes or hurricanes as they’ve barreled their way through our area. These events caused prolonged outages, and since we never know when severe weather will strike again, it is always best to prepare.
Typical outages tend to be much shorter in duration but can be less frustrating with little planning and preparation. Whether it is an extended outage due to a severe weather event, or a shorter outage, Southern Pine encourages you to be ready so you will not be left scrambling in the dark for candles, flashlights, battery chargers, and other necessities.
The power of preparation can save a lot of stress, worry, and headache when the next outage occurs. Therefore, an Outage Preparation Kit is a must-have item in Mississippi, where severe weather systems arise regularly. Being safe, prepared, and comfortable during an outage would be best.
- Flashlights, lanterns, and candles are essential to light the way for safety.
- First Aid Kit – Many first aid kits are available at retailers, or you can make your own (visit redcross.org to find the actual contents of a first aid kit).
- Water – Always have more water than you think you may need.
- Non-Perishable Food – Some examples are crackers, trail mix, protein and breakfast bars, canned foods, and other pantry items.
- Medications – Adequate supplies of medications can be a lifesaver during an outage, particularly in extended outages.
- Hygiene Products – Baby wipes, hand sanitizer, and deodorant will be your friend in an extended outage.
- Batteries & Battery-Powered Chargers – Make sure to include all types of batteries.
- Battery-Powered Radio – This is crucial for staying updated on emergency-related progress when all else fails.
- Sleeping Bags & Blankets – You’ll be thankful for the extra blankets when the power is off, particularly in cold weather.
- Books, Board Games, Playing Cards – Boredom can be one of the most frustrating parts of experiencing an outage, particularly for children. Make sure you have plenty of entertainment items in your kit.
Southern Pine Electric believes there is power in preparation, so start building your Outage Preparation Kit today and be prepared for tomorrow. We are thankful for the opportunity to bring the power to you and your family. When outages occur, we pledge to restore service as soon as possible.