September is National Preparedness Month. Follow these simple tips to help keep you and your family safe, prepared and connected in the event of an emergency.

Outline Your Guide

Create a detailed plan of action outlining your step-by-step approach in the event of severe weather or disaster. Identify a safe area, such as a basement or storm shelter and decide now what you’ll do if there’s an extended power outage. Talk with your friends and family to make sure everyone is on the same page and that all details are included in your plan.

Build a Simple Emergency Kit 

Stock up on supplies in the event that everyone must shelter in your home. Take an inventory of the resources used on a regular basis within your household and consider the specific needs of each person living there – including your pets. Build easy-access kits that you and your loved ones can take on the go if you need to evacuate the area in a hurry.

Create Safety Nets

Make sure you’re connected to local emergency alert systems to stay updated as situations can change fast. Consider insurance coverage that is aligned with high-risk situations in your area. If possible, reinforce the exterior and interior of your home to protect against storms and other environmental hazards. These extra precautions can make all the difference for you and your family in an emergency.

Be sure to download the AEP Ohio mobile app and update your contact information at AEPOhio.com/Account to stay in the know when it comes to power outages. 

Keep Your Kids in the Know 

When it comes to handling an emergency, communication is key. Make sure that your kids are fully equipped with the information they need to know in the event of a disaster and know what to do if you become separated. Comfort them with the knowledge that there is nothing to be afraid of because you’re preparing now.

Remember, Safety First

If the power goes out, remember to unplug electronics and appliances to protect them when the power is restored. Never operate lanterns, heaters, generators, fuel-fired stoves or burn charcoal without proper ventilation to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning and fires.

Also, let us know if you’re using a generator — this helps protect you and our lineworkers as they work to restore power.

For more information, visit Ready.gov

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