Keep Your Sanity — and Your Safety — During a Power Outage
- Keep Your Sanity — and Your Safety — During a Power OutagePower outages can be stressful situations. These tips can help you manage that stress — and hopefully stay safer — during the next blackout.start
- 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 KitClick for more information.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 MindTrack the HoursWhat 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 FoodWatch Out for Downed Power LinesRestock Your
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.
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.
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.