Power Outage Prep
Most outages resolve quickly, but longer outages do happen. Be prepared!
Create an outage kit. In one place, store a battery powered flashlight and radio, water and protein bars.
A full list is at ready.gov/build-a-kit.
Keep a kit in your car, too. Add warm clothes and emergency repair tools.
Keep cell phones charged and have a backup charger.
If you rely on a medical device that requires power, have a back-up plan.
You may want to stay at a friend’s house, hotel or public facility during longer outages.
Consider options before they’re needed.
Power Outage Safety
Never go near downed power lines! You can’t tell by looking if they’re energized.
Avoid deadly fumes. Never burn charcoal or use camp stoves indoors.
Use flashlights for light. Candles can cause fires.
If you have an electric garage door opener, know how to operate the manual release lever.
Consult an electrician before installing a permanent generator.