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Power outages: Amica has 10 tips for National Preparedness Month

Supplies for a power outage


LINCOLN, R.I. - Are you prepared if a sudden blackout occurs in your home or neighborhood? As part of National Preparedness Month, Amica Insurance is sharing some tips to help be ready for the unexpected.

A power outage can be a short- or long-term loss of electrical power, and there are many causes. It can happen anywhere, and to anyone, so being prepared is important. That’s why Amica is sharing the following tips from

  • Build an emergency kit, which should contain nonperishable food, water, first aid supplies, essential medicines and supplies for pets. 
  • Have a family communication plan in place.
  • Make sure flashlights have charged batteries.
  • Know the location of the manual release lever for an electric garage door, and how to operate it.
  • To keep food cold, put plastic containers filled with water in the refrigerator or freezer. Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed so food will stay as fresh as possible.
  • If the power is out for more than than two hours, throw away any food that has a temperature higher than 40̊ Fahrenheit.
  • Check with local authorities to be sure water is safe to drink.
  • In hot weather, stay cool and drink plenty of fluids. Know where the closest cooling center is located.
  • In cold weather, retain body heat by wearing layers of clothing. Know where the closest warming center is located.
  • Provide plenty of fresh, cool water for pets.

About Amica Insurance

Amica Mutual Insurance Co., the nation’s oldest mutual insurer of automobiles, was founded in 1907. The company, based in Lincoln, Rhode Island, is a national writer of auto, home, marine and umbrella insurance. Life coverage is available through Amica Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. Amica employs more than 3,400 people in 44 offices across the country. For more information, visit

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