The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently released its Winter Outlook
through February 2013, which will be influenced strongly by La Niña causing shifts in weather patterns across the country. In Northern California, colder and wetter than average conditions are predicted; it is important to be prepared for potential emergencies. Below are a few tips on preparing for power outages, which can occur during winter storms:
- Ensure you have a battery-powered or hand cranked radio to listen for emergency updates and news reports.
- Have flashlights or electric lanterns and extra batteries on hand to provide light; candles are fire hazards.
- Keep a 3- to 14-day supply of water and nonperishable food and manual can opener. Suggested foods include ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables, canned juices, milk, and soup. FEMA recommends one gallon of water per person per day. Keep extra food & water for pets.