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Plan for Emergencies

Power Outage

Power outages can happen for many reasons, including severe weather or infrastructure failure. They can last for a few minutes or for days.

Prepare for a power outage

During a power outage

Practice fire safety

  • Use flashlights, not candles.
  • Keep generators outside and away from your home.
  • Stay away from low-hanging or downed power lines.

Stay comfortable

Preserve devices and appliances

  • Preserve cell phone battery life. Texting saves battery life compared to calling.
  • Keep fridge doors closed. Most refrigerated food will keep in a closed refrigerator for several hours.

After a power outage

  • Get rid of food that may have spoiled: when in doubt, throw it out!