Friday, August 29, 2008

Preparation tips from Alabama Power

Alabama Power prepares for Gustav, offers tips to customers

From the Montgomery Advertiser:

Alabama Power crews and storm operations personnel are closely watching Gustav as it moves toward the Gulf of Mexico. While it is too early to predict precisely where Gustav will make landfall, the company is making preparations for the possibility the storm will impact Alabama Power territory. Meanwhile, customers should also be making preparations in case the storm hits Alabama.

Before the storm

1. Charge cell phones, pagers and other electronic devices. Use a battery-operated weather radio to stay informed. Have several flashlights with extra batteries on hand, as well as a first-aid kit.

2. Keep a three-day minimum supply of water – one gallon per person per day, plus three days’ supply of food and drink that does not have to be refrigerated.

3. Turn down the thermostat to cool your house. If you keep doors and windows closed after the storm, you can keep your house relatively cool for about 48 hours.

4. Seek shelter inside a sturdy building. In the event of a tornado, the safest place is on the lowest level. Choose a small room with no windows, such as an interior closet, hallway or bathroom.

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