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Winter Safety for Caregivers and Seniors: Home Preparation for Power Outages

Updated: May 4

Wondering how to best prepare for a power outage in the winter? Here is what caregivers and seniors need in case of an emergency.

Home Preparation for Power Outages

Sudden power outages can be scary and frustrating, especially if they last for more than a few minutes. Prepare your home in case there is a power outage, so you’ll be ready when it goes dark. Put together an emergency preparedness kit in case of a prolonged or widespread power outage.

• Water—one gallon per person, per day (2-week supply)

• Non-perishable food (2-week supply)

• Flashlight

• Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)

• Extra batteries

• First aid kit

• Medications (7-day supply) and required medical items

• Multi-purpose tool

• Sanitation and personal hygiene items

• Copies of personal documents (medication list and medical information, deed/lease to home, birth certificates, insurance policies)

• Cell phone with chargers

• Family and emergency contact information

• Extra cash

• If someone is dependent on electric powered, life-sustaining equipment, include backup power in your plan

• Keep a non-cordless phone in your home. It will likely work even if the power is out.

• Car with a full tank of gas


The following information was taken from the document below from Clearcareonline.com!

Winter Safety Tips for Caregivers and Th
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