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Power Outage
Understanding
Power Outages

What is a Power Outage:  A Power Outage, also known as a blackout, power failure or power cut, is a short-or-long term loss of electric power to a location.  These locations can run from a small block to entire city grid system.  Power outages occur from many situations.  Several examples of Power Outage causes would be faults at power stations, damage to electric transmission lines, short circuits, overloading of electricity mains or simply natural disaster damage to all the above.

Location:  Small blocks to entire city grids

Duration:  A power outage may last seconds to weeks depending on the damage done

Caveat:   Power Outages are particularly critical in areas where environment and public safety are at risk.  Examples of these areas would be hospitals, sewage treatment plants, and telecommunications stations.

5 Steps to Survive
Power Outages
  1. Extra coolers will be needed to transfer food products from the refrigerator. If a power outage lasts longer than 4 hours, food transfer will need to be considered to avoid food spoilage. Keep the fridge door closed to keep the remaining cool temperatures longer. Freezers will keep food cold up to 48 hours. Note: Hotter times of the year and warmer locations will experience quicker food spoilage risk. Food must be kept in a cool dark spot and covered at all times.
  2. The above items will be needed in a container or mobile backpack for longer duration power outages.
  3. Keep your gas tank full. Gas stations will not be pumping gas during wide-spread power outages.
  4. Turn off and unplug all electronics such as stoves, microwaves, clocks, coffee pots etc. This will avoid a surge or spike when the power comes back on.
  5. Keep travel to a minimum and only if necessary as traffic lights and street lights will not be operational.
Power Outage
Checklist
  • Water- at least 1 gallon per person per day (at least 3 days worth), Water filters and forward osmosis bags are a great alternative to combat contaminated water sources. High-Capacity, mobile Water Filter; to provide potable water from contaminated water sources
  • Food- At least 3 days supply of non-perishable, easy to prepare, mobile stove for cooking food. *Always have waterproof matches in your food mess kit. Store all Emergency Supplies in an easy-to-use container.
  • First Aid Kit include, (7 days worth of medications and cash), Antiseptic gel, wipes etc. soap, borax disinfectant powder.
  • Multi-purpose tool, Knife, Gas/Water shut off key
  • Flashlight with extra batteries , candles, extra lanterns
  • Personal Hygiene and sanitation items
  • Battery powered, hand-cranked radio with NOAA channel; two way radios to call for help if trapped. Have local emergency channels dialed in for quick reference of emergency directions and evacuation locations.
  • Solar panel set up for alternative electricity and charging device.
  • Family and emergency contact information (laminate), Water Proof Document Holders
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier , bowl)
  • N95 Respiratory masks (one mask per 3 day period per person in household)
  • Solar Solution for Generators (in case of long term electrical outage)
  • Home Generator
  • Extra wool Blankets, emergency blankets and Emergency bags
  • Cell Phone (non powered telephone connection to call for assistance if needed)
  • Tarps & rope.
  • HEAT OPTIONS: Wood or Coal burning stoves work well at warming & cooking while electricity is out during cold weather situations.
After a Power Outage Strikes
  • Never touch any electrical power lines.
  • When in doubt, throw it out! Throw away any food that has been exposed to 40◦ F temperature for longer than 2 hours. Never attempt to eat any food that is discolored, has an unusual odor, color or un-natural texture.
  • Always use your generators, grills, camp stoves outside of your house to prevent carbon monoxide from coming indoors.
  • Install carbon monoxide alarms in the household to pick up any residual carbon monoxide that may have leaked in the house during the power outage.
  • Keep your eye out for fallen or sparking electrical lines, power lines etc. If you do spot a line that could potentially cause harm to you or other, call the appropriate officials in your area.
  • When traveling, keep in mind that traffic lights may not be functioning properly. Use your best judgment in navigating the road ways.