* Have a portable radio or weather radio on hand to monitor official weather forecasts and other important information for your area.
* Have a plan to move yourself and your family — especially those with special needs — to an alternate location in case you have to evacuate or experience an extended power outage. Families who have special medical needs or elderly members should closely monitor weather forecasts and make plans for potential alternate arrangements should an extended outage occur.
* Keep a supply of water and non-perishable food items on hand.
* Make sure flashlights are readily available and that a supply of extra batteries is on hand.
* Consider the need for specialty items such as first aid supplies, prescription medication, baby food and additional warm clothing.
* Homeowners who depend on well water should draw an emergency water supply in case power to their electric water pumps is interrupted.
* If you have an emergency heating or power source and learn how to use it properly.
* Have at least one traditional analog phone in your home that does not require electricity to operate.