2006-01-06 / Community

Get Ready To Be In The Dark

New York Affordable Reliable Electricity Alliance (New York AREA), a local non-profit coalition of business, civic, environmental and labor leaders working to educate the public about the importance of a clean, reliable and inexpensive energy supply is offering emergency preparedness tips in the wake of two major hurricanes that knocked out the power supply to residents and businesses in Florida and the Gulf states for weeks and months in some cases.

“There is a serious lesson of preparedness to be learned from the devastation caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Many weeks following Rita, power in some parts of Florida was still not restored,” said Jerry Kremer, Chair of New York AREA’s Advisory Board. Kremer is a former New York State Assemblyman, Chairman of the Assembly Ways & Means Committee and original author of the state’s Article X power plant citing laws.

“Just two short years ago people throughout the East Coast and Canada suffered through a massive power outage that knocked out not only our lights, computers and televisions, but many of the other lifelines New Yorkers have come to depend on, such as elevators in this vertical city, bank ATM machines and even the cordless phones in our apartments that run on electricity.” He continued, “If history is any indication of the future, we all need to work to improve our awareness of the issues and not take our power for granted, while also preparing ourselves for potential worst-case scenarios.”

Preparedness Tips from New York AREA Electricity Alliance:

Keep a supply of non-perishable and canned foods stored with a hand operated can opener;

Maintain a supply of bottled drinking water;

Stock up on candles with an ample supply of matches;

Keep a supply of flashlights on hand with fresh and spare batteries, as well as non-battery operated lighting sources like, Glow Sticks;

Have an up to date First Aid Kit;

Have a corded hardwire phone in your home that does not run on batteries;

A spare fully charged cell phone battery;

Map out a logical system in advance on how to contact family and loved ones if phone lines, email, and public transportation become inaccessible;

Have a written plan for checking up on elderly friends, family, and neighbors;

Keep extra cash in case of extended power outage knocks ATM’s and Financial Institutions off-line;

Maintain Copies of vital documents in a safe with an accessible location: Birth Certificate, Social Security Card, paper copies of bank and financial records in the rare case of an extra extended power outage.

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