Barbara Pleasant explains emergency planning and preparing for power blackouts in the winter months.
When emergency planning, you may begin winter power blackouts with water, but if you don't have backup heat, your pipes might freeze and burst, creating a major repair expense.
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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends having an emergency water supply of 2 quarts per person per day for drinking water, and 2 quarts per person per day for washing, flushing toilets and other purposes.
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Barbara Pleasant knows firsthand the importance of assembling an emergency kit to use during power blackouts.
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This handy emergency essentials checklist will walk you through some basic emergency kit must-haves.
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To slow pipes from freezing, turn both hot and cold water faucets to a trickle; the continuous water flow will delay freezing.