Mother Nature has a way of dealing us surprises in winter, and among the aces up her sleeve are weather-related power outages. Although we aggressively trim tree limbs near power lines and work to maintain reliability throughout the City, outages do occur. Here are some tips on how to be prepared for a power outage and avoid serious inconvenience.
- Check your emergency preparedness kit for flashlights and fresh batteries
- Have ice packs or plastic containers of water in your freezer to place in your refrigerator or a cooler to help keep food cold during an extended outage
- Keep canned food on hand and have a manual can opener available
- Keep some cash handy to buy ice or other necessities in case stores in an outage area are unable to process credit or electronic transactions
- Have a battery-operated radio
- Have a backup charging method for your phone or other mobile device such as an inexpensive vehicle USB adapter, battery power pack or solar power pack
- Do not run your vehicle in a garage or enclosed space, or close to your home, to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning
- If you have an electric garage door opener, know where the manual release lever is located and test it before there is an outage
- Surge protectors on your electronic equipment can guard against damage if a surge occurs when power is restored
Power outages are a fact of life during winter weather and we all should be prepared to safely cope with them. Fortunately, cell phones and other mobile devices that work without household power can give you access to websites and Twitter for information during a power outage or weather emergency.
More information on emergency preparedness and what to do during a power outage is available at www.ready.gov/power-outages and on our website. Updates during a widespread power outage are available by visiting us on Twitter or via our website.