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Posted on: December 11, 2023

Be Prepared for a Power Outage

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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.

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Power Outage Tips

  • Keep freezer and refrigerator doors closed
  • Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges
  • Use alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or power dependent medical devices
  • Do not use a gas stove to heat your home
  • If safe, go to an alternate location for heat or cooling
  • Check on neighbors

How to Stay Safe

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Prepare Now

  • Take an inventory now
  • Talk to your medical provider about medical devices or refrigerated medicines
  • Plan for batteries and other alternatives
  • Sign up for local alerts and warning systems
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors with battery backup
  • Determine whether your home phone will work in the power outage
  • Review the supplies that are available in case of no power
  • Use a thermometer in the refrigerator and freezer
  • Keep mobile phones and other electric equipment charged and gas tanks full

Survive During

  • Keep freezers and refrigerators closed
  • Use food supplies that do not require refrigeration
  • Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning (Generators, camp stoves and grills should always be used outdoors, at least 20 feet from window or doors)
  • Check on your neighbors
  • Go to a community location with power
  • Turn off or disconnect appliances, equipment, or electronics

Be Safe After

  • When in doubt, throw it out! (Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures 40 degrees or higher for two hours or more) 

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