Power Outage Preparedness Checklist

The Power Outage Preparedness Checklist is a comprehensive list of items to check and prepare for in the event of a power outage. It covers the basics such as preparing emergency supplies, unplugging all electronics, and creating a plan of action. But it also includes more advanced items like having a generator ready and knowing how to manually open your garage door. The checklist also includes tips on how to stay safe when using alternative light sources, and provides ideas for communication with family members and neighbors who may be affected. It is an invaluable tool for anyone preparing for a potential power outage.

  • Gather Supplies: Flashlight, extra batteries, battery-powered radio, candles and matches, non-perishable food, bottled water, and a first aid kit
  • Find Outages: Check with your utility company to find out if there is an outage and when power is expected to be restored.
  • Unplug Electronics: Unplug all electronics and turn off breakers to avoid damage from power surges.
  • Prepare Outdoor Areas: Make sure outdoor areas are free of debris and potential fire hazards, and that all fire-safety measures are in place.
  • Keep Refrigerator/Freezer Closed: To keep food cold, keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible.
  • Establish a Communication Plan: Make sure everyone in your family knows how to get in touch with each other during a power outage.
  • Charge Cell Phones: Charge cell phones and other devices before the power goes out, and keep them charged throughout the outage.
  • Check on Neighbors: Check on your neighbors, especially those with special needs, to make sure they are safe and have what they need.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What should I do if the power goes out?

    If the power goes out, the first thing to do is to stay calm. Check to see if the power is out for your entire neighborhood or just your home. If the outage is localized to your home, check your circuit breaker and reset if necessary. If the power is out for your neighborhood, contact your local power company.

  • What items should I have in my emergency kit?

    Your emergency kit should include items such as a flashlight, spare batteries, a battery-powered radio, a first aid kit, and non-perishable food items.

  • How can I stay safe during a power outage?

    During a power outage, it's important to stay safe. Don't use candles or open flames for light, unplug all electronics, avoid using elevators, and don't touch any downed power lines.