Power Outage/Emergency Preparedness

Don't get caught in the dark without a plan.

Sudden power outages and disasters can occur without warning. They can be frustrating and troublesome, especially if they last for a long time. For prolonged power outages, stock up on the materials listed below to keep the members of your household as comfortable as possible until the situation is resolved.

Here are a few emergency supplies you should have:

  • At least a three-day supply of drinking water
  • Nonperishable food that is easy to prepare
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
  • Flashlights and fresh batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle
  • Manual can opener
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties for personal hygiene
  • Extra blankets and warm clothing, including a hat
  • Sleeping bags
  • Battery-powered or wind-up clock
  • Any special medications you may need
  • Food and water for pets
  • Cash
  • A plastic tub or backpack so you can keep these things together

Power Outage Tips

  • During an outage, open the refrigerator and freezer doors as rarely as possible. Don’t leave them open long. Food will stay frozen for about 72 hours in an unopened, non operating freezer.
  • If you have an emergency heating source, learn how to use it properly to prevent fire and ensure proper ventilation.
  • During an outage, turn off lights, any heat sources, and any sensitive electronics.
  • Learn how to operate a generator safely.

See the power outage status at PenLight’s Outage Viewer.