How can I prepare before the storm?

Have supplies on hand, in case the power goes out. Include a flashlight and extra batteries; portable, battery-operated radio and extra batteries; a first aid kit; a one-week supply of food (include items that do not require refrigeration or cooking in case the power is shut off); a manual can opener; one-week supply of essential prescription medications; extra blankets and sleeping bags.

Develop an emergency communication plan in case family members are separated from one another during a winter storm (a real possibility during the day when adults are at work and children are at school) and have a plan for getting back together.

Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as the family contact because after a disaster, it’s often easier to call long distance. Make sure everyone knows the name, address and phone number of the contact person.

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1. How do I report an electric service problem?
2. Does Con Edison know my power is out?
3. What do I do if I see a downed wire?
4. What do I do if I detect a gas leak?
5. What do I do if I see a downed tree blocking a road?
6. Why is it important to report problems directly to the police instead of posting on Facebook?
7. How can I check on the status of a previously reported electric power outage?
8. How do I receive New Castle storm updates?
9. Where do I report a water emergency?
10. Are there any mobile applications available?
11. How can I prepare before the storm?
12. Who is responsible for trimming trees?