On drizzly days like this, I can’t help but think there may be a power outage around the corner. Here are some helpful tips recommended by SRP, Ready.gov, and The Red Cross.
Before a Power Outage:
- Familiarize yourself with each utility shut off – electricity, water and gas. Know where they are located and know how to turn each off. Don’t forget to have the necessary tools to do so, too.
- Install surge protectors to safeguard valuable electronic equipment such as computers and home entertainments systems
- Prepare an emergency preparedness kit. Many of you probably already have these put together, but just in case here are the essentials you should have ready and easily accessible
- Flash lights and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Battery powered radio or TV
- Water (at least 1 gallon per person) – don’t forget your pets!
- Non-perishable food
- Multipurpose tool (or basic tools)
- Portable cell phone charger
- Special needs items for infants, elderly and/or disabled family members
- Important phone numbers (local fire department, paramedics, police, hospital, SRP, family, friends and relatives)
During a Power Outage
- Unplug appliances and electronics in use when the power went out. Power may return with momentary “surges” or “spikes” that can damage your electronics or appliances.
- Keep the fridge and freezer doors closed as much as possible
- Check on family or neighbors that may not be mobile
- Drink plenty of water, even if you do not feel thirsty.
- Remain Cool – Take steps to remain cool if it is hot outside. In intense heat when the power may be off for a long time, consider going to a nearby movie theater or shopping mall where they have back up generators. If you remain at home, stay on the lowest level of your home, since cool air falls. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Drink plenty of water, even if you do not feel thirsty.
After a Power Outage
- Check on family or neighbors who may not be mobile
- Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures 40° F for 2 hours or more or that has an unusual odor, color or texture. When in doubt, throw it out!
- May seem like a no-brainer, but do not touch any electrical power lines and keep your family away from them.
- Report downed power lines to the appropriate officials in your area. SRP at (602) 236-8811