Assemble an emergency kit with the following items.
flashlights, batteries, matches, glow-in-the-dark sticks, a battery-powered radio or television, a battery-powered or windup alarm clock, an insulated cooler, blankets and a change of clothing.
Make sure to include a first-aid kit, plus items for infants, seniors or other family members with special needs. Keep a supply of bottled water, nonperishable food that doesn't need heating and a manual can opener.
Have at least one land-line phone (with a cord) available for use during emergencies, since cordless phones require electricity. If you use a cellphone, charge it up before the storm arrives and make sure you have an adapter to charge it in your car.
If you have an electric garage door opener, find out where the manual release lever is located and learn how to use it.