By Staff Reports
(Apple Valley)– In Southern California, dry summer months often bring dangerous wildfires, excessive heat and high demands on the local power grid. The Town of Apple Valley encourages residents to plan ahead and be prepared for such emergencies.
Extended power outages can occur in an emergency situation. As general guidance during an outage, residents are encouraged to:
- Keep freezers and refrigerators closed.
- Only use generators outdoors and away from windows.
- Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges.
- Have alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or using power-dependent medical devices.
- If safe, go to an alternate location for heat or cooling.
- Check on neighbors.
Learn to recognize the signs of heat related illness and find places in the community where you can get cool. If you are expecting extreme heat, you can prepare your home now by:
- Covering windows with drapes or shades.
- Weather-strip doors and windows.
- Use window reflectors, such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard, to reflect heat.
- Add insulation to keep the heat out.
- Use attic fans to clear hot air.
- Install window air conditioners and insulate around them.
For additional emergency preparedness guidelines, visit www.ready.gov or contact the Town’s Office of Emergency Preparedness at (760) 240-7800.