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Keep Your Sanity — and Your Safety — During a Power Outage

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Keep Your Sanity — and Your Safety — During a Power Outage
Power outages can be stressful situations. These tips can help you manage that stress — and hopefully stay safer — during the next blackout.
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  • Keep Your Sanity — and Your Safety — During a Power Outage
    Power outages can be stressful situations. These tips can help you manage that stress — and hopefully stay safer — during the next blackout.
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  • Before a Power Outage Happens

    You don't have to wait until bad weather is imminent to prepare for a power outage. Take some time to get organized with these tips.

    Create an Emergency Kit
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    Prep Your Food
  • When There's an Immediate Threat of a Power Outage

    If you're concerned a power outage might happen — for instance, inclement weather is moving quickly into your area — here are some quick preparations you can take care of:

  • When the Power Goes Out

    These tips can help make you and your family safer and more comfortable once you’re in blackout mode.

    Keep the Outside Temperature in Mind
    Track the Hours
    What Not to Do
  • When the Power Comes Back On

    Power has been restored — now what? Here’s how to help get back to normal after a power outage.

    Check Your Food
    Watch Out for Downed Power Lines
    Restock Your
    Emergency Kit

    Interested in learning more? Our 20 Days to Ready Checklist can help you prepare for any emergency, and these 9 Emergency Preparedness Hacks can show you how to use everyday items to your advantage in a difficult situation.

 
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Cool your fridge down:

The National Center for Home Food Preservation suggests turning your fridge and freezer to the coldest settings to help keep food cold for as long as possible.

Unplug most appliances and electronics:

This can help prevent surges or spikes when the power comes back on, says Scott C. Somers, Ph.D., a member of the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council and the Preparedness Subcouncil.

Leave one light on:

This can alert you when the power does come back on, says Scott C. Somers, Ph.D., a member of the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council and the Preparedness Subcouncil.

Create an Emergency Kit
A three-week supply of water:

Plan for one gallon of water per person, per day (and don't forget to count your pets!).

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