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.

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.