A power outage may disrupt communication, water, and transportation. It may close retail businesses, gas stations, ATMs, banks, and other services. Power outages can also cause food to spoil, water contamination, and can prevent the use of medical devices.
HOW TO PEPARE FOR A POWER OUTAGE
Take an inventory of the items you need that rely on electricity.
Plan for batteries and other alternative power sources to meet your needs.
Have flashlights for every household member.
Determine whether your home phone will work in a power outage and how long battery backup will last.
Talk to your medical provider about a power outage plan for medical devices powered by electricity and refrigerated medicines. Find out how long medication can be stored at higher temperatures and get specific guidance for any medications that are critical for life.
Sign up for local alerts and warning systems.
Have enough perishable food and water.
Use a thermometer in the refrigerator and freezer.
Keep mobile phones and other electric equipment charged and gas tanks full.
SURVIVING DURING A POWER OUTAGE
Keep freezers and refrigerators closed.
Use food supplies that do not require refrigeration.
Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
Check on your neighbors.
Turn off or disconnect appliances, equipment, or electronics. Power may return with momentary “surges” or “spikes” that can cause damage.
If safe, go to an alternate location or shelter for heat or cooling.