Outage Preparation Tips

Items to Have On-Hand

  • Water and non-perishable food: We recommend one gallon per person, per day plus some for pets. Keep freezer and refrigerator doors closed. Food will stay frozen for 36 to 48 hours in a fully-loaded freezer, and about 24 hours in a partially-filled freezer.
  • Lanterns/flashlights with extra batteries
  • Keep mobile devices charged if outages are imminent. A battery-powered radio is also helpful. If you have a landline, use a corded phone.
  • First-aid kit with filled prescriptions
  • Moist wipes, hand sanitizer, and garbage bags
  • Backup Power Source Guide

Protect Your Appliances

  • Turn off all appliances during an outage to avoid a circuit overload when power is restored. Leave on one lamp to know when power is restored.
  • Use surge protectors for all electronics and appliances or consider a whole-house surge protector.

Stay Away From Downed Lines 

  • Stay away from downed power lines and call us immediately to report them.
  • Don’t touch a person or object that is in contact with a power line; the electric current could flow through you.
  • Stay inside your car if it comes in contact with a power line. If you must exit the vehicle, follow the steps in the video below to remain as safe as possible.