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Spring Storm Reminder from Ameren Illinois: Restock Your Home Emergency Kit as Storm Season Approaches

With thunderstorms and high winds predicted in the forecast, Ameren Illinois recommends creating or restocking the family’s home emergency preparedness kit in preparation for the spring and summer storm season.

Plan ahead and organize items you may need in the event of a storm or emergency. Make sure all family members know where the kit is located.

Ameren Illinois recommends an emergency preparedness kit stocked with the following essential items and supplies and stored in a dry area:

  • Water bottles
  • Non-perishable food items
  • First-aid kit
  • Medicines
  • Sleeping bag/blanket
  • Flashlights/lanterns
  • Cash (small bills and change)
  • Batteries
  • Portable, pre-charged phone chargers
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Battery-powered alarm clock
  • Ice cooler for temporary food or medication storage
  • List of emergency contacts
  • Copies of essential documents
  • Pet supplies

Ameren Illinois offers other home preparedness tips should the lights go out:

  • Fill the gas tank in your vehicle before the storm arrives
  • Prepare your home generator by filling it with gas and purchasing additional gas
  • Charging your cellphone and other important electronic devices
  • Turn down the temperature on your refrigerator to keep it as cool as possible
  • Ensure the refrigerator and freezer are closed
  • Place important documents in a safe box or other waterproof storage space.
  • Turn off or unplug sensitive electronic devices, or make sure they are protected by a surge protector

***Courtesy of Ameren Illinois***

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