Remembering the Great Blackout of 2003

Published on NewsOK Published: August 14, 2013

+Keep flashlights and batteries handy. While candles and lanterns carry a certain romance, they come with a risk of fire. In a blackout, emergency services have a lot on their plates: don't add one more thing to their list!

+Make sure you have a supply of food that's easy to prepare without power, and stock up on water (including water to flush the toilet) too.

+Be aware that during blackouts and other major emergencies, phone circuits can get busy. You may have trouble placing and receiving calls. Think ahead: have a planned meeting place to use in the event an emergency strikes while your family isn't at home, so everyone knows where to go.

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