From a Director — Dave Bauer, September 2019

September 01, 2019

Don't wait. Be prepared before the storm.

Posted: September 1, 2019

What if your worst-case scenario finally happened? A major storm was predicted and the forecast was accurate. Power lines are down and your electricity may be out for several days. You’re low on everything—food, toilet paper, batteries, pet supplies, and your medication. What now?

I’ve spent 30 years as a volunteer firefighter and know all too well how one horrific event can change the lives of many. While I hope you’ll never find yourself in a situation without electricity, there is good news! It’s not too late to start planning now so when a severe weather event strikes you have the tools and resources to effectively weather the storm.

• Stock your pantry with a three-day supply of non-perishable food, such as canned goods, energy bars, peanut butter, water, and other essentials.

• Have adequate sanitation and hygiene supplies stored with your first aid kit including towelettes, soap, and hand sanitizer.

• Refill prescriptions before they run out and find out how long refrigerated medication can be stored at higher temperatures.

• Keep flashlights, batteries, a battery-powered radio, and a manual can opener in an easily assessable location.

Advance planning for severe storms or other emergencies can reduce stress and anxiety caused by the weather event and can lessen the impact of the storm’s side effects. Visit for detailed information about disasters and hazards that may affect your area. Sign up for emergency alerts and warnings from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and install Salem Electric’s SmartHub mobile app on your phone to stay updated on restoration efforts and other important co-op news and information. Act today, because there is power in planning.