Power Outages

Power outages can happen because of bad weather or extreme temperatures. Power outages can last for a few minutes or a few days.

What You Should Do

If a power outage is possible

  • Fill your car's gas tank. (Gas pumps are electric.)
  • Make sure you have enough flashlights and extra batteries.
  • Make sure you have food that does not require refrigeration or cooking.
  • Fill your bathtub with water for washing and cleaning.
  • Fill clean containers with drinking water. (more)

If the power is out

  • Use only battery-powered lights to see. Do not use a candle or other open flame.
  • Turn off any appliance or equipment that was being used when the power went out.
  • Avoid opening the refrigerator or freezer.
  • Do not run a generator inside the house or in a garage.
  • Follow food safety precautions.
  • If there is a Boil Water Advisory, boil tap water for one minute or more before you use it for drinking, preparing food, washing dishes, or bathing small children.