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Be Prepared for Winter Storms

Your Power Outage Pantry: WE do our best to avoid power outages, but unfortunately, Mother Nature occassionally has different plans. Stay ahead of the storm by stocking your pantry with a variety of non-perishable items. Set these items aside for exteded outages only, and your storm prep will be a breeze! Beans, Canned Fruit, Canned Tuna, Canned Vegetables, Cereal, Dried Fruits, Dried Meats/Jerky, Graham Crackers, Pasta, Rice, Spam, Oatmeal, and DOn't forget to stock up on disposable goods, like paper plates, napkins, plastic cutlery and cups.

When winter temperatures drop and storms hit, it can be challenging to stay safe and warm. Benton REA cares about your safety.

Heavy snow and ice can lead to downed power lines and power outages. During extremely low temperatures, this can be dangerous. During a power outage, our crews work as quickly and safely as possible to restore power, but there are a few things you can do to prepare yourself.

Stay Warm

Plan to use a safe alternate heating source, such as a fireplace or woodburning stove, during a power outage. These are great options to keep you and your loved ones warm, but exercise caution when using them. Never leave the heating source unattended.

If you are using gasoline-, propaneor natural gas-burning devices to stay warm, never use them indoors. Remember that fuel- and woodburning sources of heat should always be properly ventilated. Always read the manufacturer’s directions before using.

Stay Fed

The Center for Disease Control recommends having several days’ supply of food that does not need to be cooked. Crackers, cereal, canned goods and bread are good options. Five gallons of water per person should also be available in the event of an extended power outage.

Stay Safe

When an outage occurs, it usually means power lines are down. It is best not to travel during winter storms. If you must, bring a survival kit along, and do not travel alone. If you encounter downed lines, always assume they are live. Stay as far away from the downed lines as possible, and report the situation to Benton REA by calling 800-221-6987.

Weather can be unpredictable and dangerous. Planning ahead can often be the difference between life and death. Benton REA is ready for what Mother Nature has in store, and we want you to be ready, too.

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