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Power outages remind us again and again of what we need to do in order to be prepared for an emergency.
The power fails. That's when we think of backup power and lights — generators, batteries, flashlights, candles.
Then the power returns, and all of that stuff quickly begins to slip our minds and becomes less of a priority on our to-do lists.
Once again this winter Ketchikan had a power outage, which lasted 41 minutes Tuesday morning in some areas; longer in others. The outage before this week's prompted us to replace flashlights and shop for battery-powered communication. But, once again, we prepared a little bit, but not all the way.
Tuesday's outage got us going again in regard to preparing for power loss and perhaps other types of emergencies. It probably has the whole town looking at its emergency preparedness.
Before much time elapses since Tuesday's outage, it's time to check out the preparedness supplies and procedures. We can be more prepared this week than last. We just need to take time to stock up on the supplies mentioned above, plus first-aid kits and clothing and the like to stay warm in case the power should be out for an extended time. Food and water should be pre-arranged in case of an emergency more severe than a few minutes of no power, and plans and procedures for businesses and families should be established and discussed just in order to be prepared.
This is the time to prepare for outages and whatever else might come along that requires emergency preparedness.