Assemble an Emergency Kit
Think about what you and your family would need during a power outage and put together an emergency kit. Keep enough supplies for at least three days. Include items such as:
- Flashlights and fresh batteries
- Battery-powered radio or TV and batteries
- Cell phone with charger, inverter or solar charger
- Non-perishable and canned foods
- Manual can opener
- Blankets, bedding or sleeping bags
- First-aid kit and prescription medications
- Infant supplies and pet food, if needed
- List of emergency phone numbers including insurance contacts
Visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency website for more ideas and planning advice.
Special Medical Concerns
If someone in your household relies on life support equipment powered by electricity, please let us know before an emergency occurs so we are aware of your situation. However, it’s crucial for you to have a back-up plan in case of an unexpected power outage. This could include a battery-powered system, an uninterruptible power supply, or a generator. You should also have a plan to move to another location where power is available if needed.
If Your Power Goes Out
Call SHELD at 413-536-1050 to let us know you don’t have service. If the line is busy, chances are many others are calling, too. We appreciate your patience.
Unplug most appliances, and keep refrigerator and freezer doors shut.
If You See / Encounter Downed Wires
Keep away from any downed wires or equipment. Always assume all lines are alive and dangerous. Stay indoors if possible – live wires can be hidden under snow or debris, and storms can move wires and equipment to unexpected locations.