Hurricane season officially started June 1 and continues through November. REC encourages everyone to take time now to gather supplies that might be needed in the event of a long-term power outage emergency or crisis.
“At REC, our line crews, dispatchers, vegetation management teams and all employees across the co-op work year-round to ensure we are prepared for a major storm,” said Casey Hollins, REC’s managing director Communications and Public Relations. “The best time to prepare is before a hurricane or severe weather event is in the forecast. Just a few simple steps could help maintain your comfort and safety if power outages occur.”
Do not wait until a storm is in the forecast or warnings are issued.
“As we have learned over the last year, store shelves can empty at a moment’s notice,” added Hollins.
Here are a few items REC recommends you keep on hand at all time. Consider storing these items in a container in your closet or under a bed so you can access them quickly:
- Flashlights and fresh batteries
- Non-perishable food items
- Manual can opener
- One gallon of water per person
- Battery-operated radio
- First aid supplies and medication
- A variety of tools
- Board, card or battery-operated games and toys
- Food, water, litter pan, and a sturdy leash for your pets
For more details on how to prepare your home and family, please visit: myrec.coop/outagecenter.