Here are some tips in the event there is a power outage.
Recommend having cash on hand if you want to go to the few establishments that will be open.
Fill up your vehicle with fuel prior.
Fill up your propane tank if you plan on grilling!
Charge your cell phones and batteries.
Remember automatic garage door openers won’t work while the electricity is out.
Don't forget to take your house key with you if you leave!
Reset Your Water Heater: After the power outage you will need to reset the timer on your water heater so that your water will heated by solar power (instead of electricity) during the day. This will also ensure that you and your family have enough hot water when you need it. Please click the link below to view the video with easy step-by-step instructions: http://vimeo.com/29448909
If you have any medical concerns because of this upcoming outage, please contact your doctor for guidance on whether or not you should plan to go to a medical treatment facility or somewhere else with air conditioning (e.g. the Mall, etc.) for the duration of this outage.
Prior to the power outage, disconnect power sources from computers, printers (standalone and network), copiers, multi-function devices, fax machines and other peripherals such as external hard drives and DVD/CD drives. Disconnect power source from phones; phones will continue to work with dial tone and voicemail, but some features such as linking, redial and speed dial will not be available.
Prior to the power outage, properly disconnect sensitive appliances, such as, televisions, microwaves, advanced-technology washers and dryers, electronic game consoles, fans, lamps, etc., to avoid potential power-surge damage when electricity is restored.
Do not attempt to place personal generators on the grid!
Call 9-11 for all emergencies.
Confirm electrical power restoration. Once power restoration
is confirmed, your personal electrical equipment may then be reconnected.
Food Safety Message
If the power is out for less than four hours, the food in your refrigerator and freezer is safe to consume. While the power is out, keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to keep food cold for longer. Or, place food that may spoil in a cooler with ice. Do not open freezer during this period.
If the power is out for longer than four hours, follow the guidelines below:
A freezer that is half full will hold food safely for up to 24 hours. A full freezer will hold food safely for 48 hours. Do not open the freezer door if you can avoid it.
For the refrigerator: Pack milk, other dairy products, meat, fish, eggs, gravy, and spoilable leftovers into a cooler surrounded by ice. Inexpensive styrofoam coolers are fine for this purpose.
Use a food thermometer to check the temperature of your food before you cook or eat it. Throw away any food with a temperature of more than 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
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MCB Hawaii Family PREPAREDNESS PLAN for a Power Outage