When the power goes out unexpectedly, it can disrupt transportation, businesses, and much more. It’s important to know what to do if a power outage occurs.
How can I prepare for a power outage?
- Take inventory of the items you need that rely on electricity and plan for alternative power sources (batteries, power bank, etc.).
- Have flashlights ready for every household member.
- Make sure you have access to a working phone during a power outage.
- Talk to your medical provider about how to plan for medical devices powered by electricity or refrigerated medicine.
- Store nonperishable food and water.
- Install carbon monoxide detectors with battery backup in central locations on every level of your home.
What should I do if I experience a power outage?
- If the weather is extreme, find a community location with access to power.
- Keep freezers and refrigerators closed and use coolers with ice if necessary.
- Use generators, camp stoves or charcoal grills outside (at least 20 feet away from windows). Never use a gas stovetop or oven to heat your home.
- Turn off or disconnect appliances, equipment, or electronics.
What should I do after a power outage?
- Throw away food that has been exposed to temperatures 40 degrees or higher for two hours or more.
- If the power is out for more than a day, throw out any medication that should be refrigerated (unless label says otherwise).
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Last updated 3/1/2023