Household Tip: Prepare a Storm Home Emergency Kit

You never know when a winter storm is going to blow through your region and knock out your power for a few hours, or even a few days. Here are some basics to include in your home emergency kit, to help weather the next blackout:

Flashlights and extra batteries
Warm blankets or sleeping bags
Fully-charged, portable charger for your cell phone
1 gallon of bottled water, per person, per day
A three to four-day supply of medications
Toilet paper, diapers, infant formula, personal care needs as necessary
Non-perishable food and snacks, and a manual can opener
Pet food and additional water for household pets
A first-aid kit
Cash, including change and small bills
A hand-cranked or battery radio