Power Outages

Extended power outages may impact the whole community. 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.

Power Outage Tips

  • Keep freezers and refrigerators closed (refrigerators will keep food cold for about four hours, a full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours)
  • Use a generator but ONLY outdoors and away from windows
  • Do not use a gas stove or oven 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
  • Check with local officials about heating and cooling locations near you
  • Use coolers with ice if necessary