Disasters

POWER OUTAGE

POWER OUTAGE

The more you know about power outages, the better prepared you’ll be when they happen. 

Extended power outages may impact the whole community and the economy. A power outage is when the electrical power goes out unexpectedly. A power outage may:

  • Disrupt communications, water and transportation.

  • Close retail businesses, grocery stores, gas stations, ATMs, banks and other services.

  • Cause food spoilage and water contamination.

  • Prevent use of medical devices.

Protect Yourself During a Power Outage:

  • Keep freezers and refrigerators closed.

  • Use a generator, but ONLY outdoors and away from windows.

  • Do not use a gas stove and ovens to heat your home.

  • Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges.

  • Have alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or using power-dependent medical devices.

  • If safe, go to an alternate location for heat or cooling.

  • Be a good neighbor. Check on the welfare of others