Preparing for Power Outages

FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - Wednesday's blizzard-like conditions are bringing more than just rain, snow, and high winds to the area – they're also bringing the possibility of power outages.

The National Weather Service says Northeastern North Dakota and Northwestern Minnesota could see wind gusts during Wednesday's storm as high as 60 miles per hour, which can cause extensive damage to trees and power lines.

Keeping your family and home safe during a power outage means taking precautions before the storm hits.

Here are some tips to help you prepare:

* Take an inventory of the items you need that rely on electricity.
* Keep mobile phones and other electric equipment charged and gas tanks full.
* Determine whether your home phone will work in a power outage and how long battery backup will last.
* Plan for batteries and other alternatives to meet your needs when the power goes out.
* Turn off or disconnect appliances, equipment, or electronics. Power may return with momentary “surges” or “spikes” that can cause damage.
* Review the supplies that are available in case of a power outage. Have flashlights with extra batteries for every household member. Have enough nonperishable food and water.
* Leave a light or radio on to let you know when you have service again.

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