How to Prepare for a Power Outage After a Storm
Affects of Power Outages
Power outages affects the whole community. A power outage is when electrical power goes out. This can occur if there is a big storm, problems with the electrical power lines, high power demand, etc. A power outage may:
- disrupt communication, water, and transportation
- shut down grocery stores, banks, ATMs, gas stations, and other services
- cause food to spoil to water contamination
- Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges
- If safe, go to an alternate location for heat or cooling
- Have alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or using power-dependent medical devices
- Keep freezers and refrigerators closed
How To Prepare
- Take an inventory of the items you need that rely on electricity.
- 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. Monitor weather reports.
- Install carbon monoxide detectors with battery backup in central locations on every level of your home.
- Determine whether your home phone will work in a power outage and how long battery backup will last.
- Review the supplies that are available in case of a power outage. Have flashlights with extra batteries for every household member. Have enough nonperishable food and water.
- Use a thermometer in the refrigerator and freezer so that you can know the temperature when the power is restored. Throw out food if the temperature is 40 degrees or higher.
- Keep mobile phones and other electric equipment charged and gas tanks full.