Being prepared for power outages is important during this severe winter weather. The Red Cross has some safety tips so families are safe during outages. Always make sure to have a flashlight ready with extra batteries, and a portable battery-operated radio. You need least a gallon of water per person for five days. During a blackout, turn off electrical equipment you were using when the power went out, and do not run a generator inside a confined space, due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Also, be listening to local radio for updates. For more information on power outage safety tips, go online to redcross.org.