The City of Moreno Valley Office of Emergency Management would like you to remember that safety always comes first during a power outage.
Here are a few tips to help you plan and prepare and what you can do during a power outage to keep your home and loved ones safe and comfortable.
Prepare & Plan
Don’t wait for an unexpected outage to figure out what you need. Buy a few basic supplies ahead of time and make preparations for special needs in your household.
Home Power Outage Kit Checklist:
- First aid kit, including unexpired prescription medications
- Special needs items for infants, elderly and/or disabled
- A Battery-operated radio to access news reports
- Fresh Batteries for all necessary equipment
- Bottled water - at least one gallon per person, per day
- Non-perishable food that does not require cooking
- Manual can opener
- Several coolers or ice chests to store ice if the outage is lengthy
- Non-cordless phone to plug in during outages
- Flashlights. Make sure to store them where you can easily find them.
Some simple but important safety measures will help keep your family members, home, and even pets protected during an outage. Put safety first by keeping food cold, having a plan for medical emergencies, and know what to unplug and reset.
- Install surge protectors to help safeguard valuable electronic equipment including computers and home entertainment systems.
- Know where to find each utility box (electricity, water and gas) and how to turn them off. Keep the proper tools to do so handy.
- Always back up important work and files on your computer.
- If you have an automatic garage door or gate, learn how to open them manually. Alternate means of Power Residents may also want to consider alternate power sources, especially if residents within the home are dependent on power relying equipment.
Alternate Means of Power
Residents may also want to consider alternate power sources, especially if residents within the home are dependent on power relying equipment.
- If you are considering a generator for your home, consult an electrician or engineer first.
- Determine the amount of power needed. Make sure the generator produces more power than will be drawn out.
- Choose the generator’s fuel source. Backup generators are typically powered by diesel or natural gas. Consult an electrician or engineer before purchasing.
- NEVER run a portable generator inside a home or garage. Portable generators can cause a buildup of carbon monoxide (CO) from the toxic engine exhaust.
- Permanently installed generators are better suited for providing backup power to your home.
For more information on how to be prepared for a power outage, please contact the Office of Emergency Management staff at 951-413-3800.