In the event of a power outage, Connecticut Light and Power offers the following tips: Check medications that need refrigeration. You may want to keep a small cooler handy for that purpose. Have a supply of canned, non-perishable food and drinking water that will last a couple of days. Get extra ice and put it in plastic bags. This will help maintain the temperature in your refrigerator and freezer.

When you have advance notice, such as with a coming storm, set aside water. Fill the bathtub with water for toilets; a bucket in the bowl is all that’s needed for flushing. You can buy bottled water for drinking. Be prepared to cook outside, but don’t bring grills into the house.

Stock up on batteries for a battery-powered radio and flashlights, and have extra wood for fireplaces or wood stoves. Fill your car’s gas tank.

Unplug sensitive electrical equipment like computers and VCRs.

Stay away from downed power lines.

For larger emergencies, you may want to check the information at or For information on regional alert status, you may check online at and the Department of Homeland Security website