Prepare for Blackouts
Consider buying a backup generator so you'll have a source of power in the event of a blackout. Prices range from $400 to $15,000, depending on size and wattage. Whether or not you have a generator, be sure to keep flashlights, batteries, candles and matches or a lighter nearby.
Have a cell phone and battery-powered, solar-powered or car-powered phone charger for communication, and update your emergency contact numbers for work, school and family members prior to storm season.