Winter Weather is Coming

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.
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  • 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.