05B4 Power Outage

Power Outage

  • Make sure your emergency supply kit is stocked.
  • Charge cellphones and other electronic devices.
  • Stock up on ice and coolers.
  • Fill sinks, tubs and other clean containers with water for drinking and hygiene.
  • Have extra cash on hand, since ATMs may not work during an extended power outage.
  • Don’t light candles – use flashlights instead.
  • Contact your local utility company, especially if power lines are down in your area.
  • Pack your refrigerator with blocks of ice, set it to maximum cold and keep the door shut.
  • Turn off and unplug appliances and electronics to avoid damage from a power surge when the power comes back on.
  • Leave on one light so you’ll know when the power’s back on.
  • Avoid unnecessary travel – traffic lights could be out and power lines could be down.
  • Only use one that’s been properly installed and ventilated.
  • Maintain plenty of airflow space around the unit.
  • Never use one indoors or near windows, vents or air intakes that could allow carbon monoxide to come inside.
  • When using an emergency electric generator, get fresh air immediately if you begin to feel dizzy or lightheaded.
  • Only use one that’s been properly installed and ventilated.
  • Maintain plenty of airflow space around the unit.
  • Never use one indoors or near windows, vents or air intakes that could allow carbon monoxide to come inside.
  • When using an emergency electric generator, get fresh air immediately if you begin to feel dizzy or lightheaded.

Check out our infographic on power outages so you can be ready with a plan.

Stay safe in case of a power outage: A sketch of an electrical plug in a circle with a strike through suggesting no power

Check out our infographic on power outages so you can be ready with a plan.


Check out our lightning storm infographic for tips on how to protect yourself and your home.

Stay safe during a lightning storm: simple illustration of a rain cloud and lightning bolt

Check out our lightning storm infographic for tips on how to protect yourself and your home.


Emergency resources


Storm Center: All you need to know about preparing and staying safe in a storm

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Storm Toolkit: your main resource for storm preparation and emergency information

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