Daylight Saving Time is the Pefect Time to Check Your Emergency Supplies

Posted at 10:12 a.m.

Twice a year, we either turn our clocks back or move them forward to begin or end Daylight Saving Time (DST). And this weekend is no different.

Overnight tonight — actually 2 a.m. tomorrow, Sunday, March 10 — it’s time to move our clocks forward one hour from 2 a.m. standard time to 3 a.m. DST.

Here are two things we’re encouraging before you go to bed tonight to make sure you’re prepared for any possible emergency:

  • Change the batteries in your smoke alarms.
  • Check your emergency supply kits (both in the home and vehicles) to make sure they’re fully stocked. If not, make a quick list of what you’ll need to do to get them ready.

For years, fire officials have encouraged changing the batteries in your smoke alarms every six months, and what better reminder than Daylight Saving Time. Since it only takes a couple of minutes to change your batteries, go ahead and take a few more minutes and check your emergency supplies.

Do you have flashlights with extra batteries in case your power goes out? Is your kit stocked with enough water? (It’s recommended to have one gallon per person per day.) How about non-perishable food items? Do you have a few items assembled? And what about any other special items you may need for infants or pets.

Being prepared for emergencies shouldn’t be overwhelming or complicated. This week’s snowstorm and the upcoming tornado season should be good motivation to have what you need to be ready.

Helpful hints can be found online as well as in the video below.

Our emergency management office can provide assistance as well. Call them next week at 571-350-1000, TTY 711 if you have any questions about emergency preparedness, what kind of supplies you should put in your kit or if you need a presentation to your Homeowners Association about emergency supply kits.

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