September is National Preparedness Month, and Nashville Electric Service (NES) is offering some tips to keep you safe and comfortable in the event of a power outage. On the heels of weather-related extended power outages to over a million people in the Carolinas, NES reminds us there are a few simple things you can do now to be better prepared year round.
Assemble Emergency Kit
Contents could include:
- Water and non-perishable food items for at least three days
- Battery-powered light source (flashlight, LED lantern, LED candles)
- Fully charged portable phone charger
- First aid kit
- Extra batteries
- Emergency telephone numbers
- Whistle signal for help
- Local maps
- Blankets or battery-operated fans, depending on climate
- Individual needs for infants, seniors, pets or family members with unique health conditions
Make sure everyone in your household knows about the emergency kit and its location.
NES also recommends enabling text messaging through your online account, so you can quickly report a power outage by texting “OUT” to 637797 (NESPWR). You can also call 615-234-0000 to report an outage.
*Source for emergency kit items: https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit