Originally Posted by strange_wings
Get yourself a weather radio - they have battery backup in case the power goes out. Every time there's a thread about severe weather this time of year this is always repeated but only some take that advice!
And hang onto the receipt. I had one stop working a week after we got it for no reason.
There are also radios that you can get that are charged by turning a crank, Lights too. We had them at a hotel I used to work at in case of power failures, safer than candels, especially because we had to leave the front desk to check on people, and you should NEVER leave a candle un-attended!
Also be sure to keep an emergency kit if you live in a storm prone area. Basic first aid supplies, water, canned food for people, extra pet food for the critters, TP. Laugh at that last one if you will, but if your power is down for days and all the stores are closed, well, not so much fun!