How to Stay Safe in Power Outages


Severe storms are devastating to homes, properties, and lives. These storms can also take down power lines—creating a dangerous situation for everyone including the professionals working to restore your power.

How long it takes to get your power restored depends on the extent of the storm’s destruction, the number of outages, and when it becomes safe for utility personnel to get to the damaged areas.


• Keep freezers and refrigerators closed.

• Only use generators outdoors and away from windows.

• Do not use a gas stove to heat your home.

• Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges.

• Have alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or using power-dependent medical devices.

• If safe, go to an alternate location for heat or cooling.

• Check on neighbors.

To learn more about how you can PREPARE, SURVIVE DURING and STAY SAFE AFTER, follow the guidelines in this article: