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Prep now for dangerous summer storms

Thursday - 6/5/2014, 5:18am  ET

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These items should be in a home's emergency storm stash. (WTOP/Kristi King)
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Stay informed, make a family plan and prepare a kit

WTOP's Kristi King reports

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WASHINGTON -- Now is the time to prepare for potentially dangerous summer storms and review what to do.

Severe storms in the D.C. metro area in recent years are real-life examples that wide-spread power outages can make it nearly impossible to find necessary supplies. Every homeowner might not feel the need to own a power generator. But flashlights and a battery-powered radio will serve most homes well.

Items power companies suggest for an emergency storm kit include:

  • Batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Bottled water
  • Cellphone chargers
  • Non-perishable food with can opener
  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Flash lights and battery-powered or hand-crank radio
  • Phone numbers or contact information to report a power outage
  • Landline phone with a cord because cordless phones require power

Before a storm strikes, remember to:

  • Print out contact information and phone numbers to power company.
  • Update contact information with power company.
  • Charge cell phones and lap tops.
  • Fill up vehicle gas tanks.
  • Make sure prescription medications are filled.
  • Fill bathtub with water if supply relies on power.
  • Unplug or turn off major appliances and electronics.

Power companies need customers to report outages. The Pepco self-service app for iPhone®, iPad®, Android™, BlackBerry® allows users to report outages, get estimated restoration times, check status of neighborhood outages, and place a call to Pepco through a direct dial link.

Both Virginia Dominion and Pepco provide more resources online.

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