Power Outages

Make sure that all computers and other electronic equipment, such as televisions, VCRs, DVD players and stereo equipment are plugged into surge protectors.

Make sure that all computers and other electronic equipment, such as televisions, VCRs, DVD players and stereo equipment are plugged into surge protectors.

If you know a power outage is coming:

  • Back up all critical files on your computer.
  • Unplug electrical equipment. Spikes and surges could occur as power is restored, damaging equipment.
  • Charge any batteries you need to run portable electronic devices that you use regularly.
  • Make sure that your disaster supply kit is complete and that it can be found easily if the lights go out.

If your power goes out:

  • Use a flashlight only for emergency lighting. Never use candles.
  • Unplug electrical equipment until a steady power supply returns.
  • Practice proper generator and surface heater safety.
  • Leave one light turned on so you know when power is restored.
  • Eliminate unnecessary travel, especially by car. Traffic signals will stop working during an outage, creating traffic congestion.
  • If power is restored, be certain it is steady before you plug equipment into it.

Stay Informed

  • Listen to battery-powered radios to stay informed.
  • Emergency officials will tell you when the blackout is over and when a reliable stream of power is restored.