Power outages and utility interruptions can occur at any time of the year, and it may take hours to weeks for services to be restored to residential and commercial areas.
Be prepared for a power outage. Not only can extended power outages impact you, they may impact the whole community and economy. A power outage may disrupt communications, water and transportation, and can close retail businesses, grocery stores, gas stations, ATMs, banks, and other important services.
Prepare for a loss of power by writing down, printing, or saving toll-free outage hotlines for your electric utility and/or natural gas utility. Keep your cellphones charged so you can contact your utility, other emergency services, and family members during any power outage.
A power outage affects your food, water, power, and sometimes shelter. Make sure you have alternative and redundant ways to meet your needs.
- Food spoilage and water contamination can occur, so keep your freezers and refrigerators closed.
- Secure necessary food, medicine, and other supplies you will need, including batteries for flashlights.
- Protect yourself by having alternative plans for refrigerating medicines or power-dependent medical devices.
- Only use generators outdoors and away from windows.
- Do NOT use a gas stove to heat your home, and disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges.
- Find other ways to accomplish basic tasks without power, such as washing clothes, bathing, cooking, and heating/AC.
- Invest and create alternative power sources and charging methods for critical devices. This can mean battery, solar, wind, water, or any combination of methods.