Know how to stay safe during a power outage.
Keep emergency supplies on hand, including:
- Fresh batteries and flashlights
- A portable, battery-powered radio and/or television
- A wind-up or battery-powered clock
- Nonperishable food and water
- Cash, since ATMs may not work when the power is out
- Have either a cell phone or hardwire, single-line telephone. Cordless phones may not work without electricity.
Know how to manually open and close any electric security or garage doors and gates.
Protect electric equipment, such as computers, fax machines, televisions, VCRs and microwaves, by installing surge suppressors or other power protection devices.
Have an emergency plan in place if a member of your household depends on life-support or needs other medical equipment. This may include a back-up power source or transportation to another facility.
During an Outage
Don’t call 911 to ask about the power outage. Check out our outage map instead.
After an Outage
Wait a few minutes before turning on major electric appliances. This will help eliminate problems that could occur if there’s a surge in demand immediately after power is restored.
For more safety information, check out our safety page.