power outages

February 28, 2012

A Power Outage Can Occur At Any Time — Can You Weather One?

A sudden and prolonged power outage can occur without warning. Here are the most important steps to prepare for a power outage and what to do if you find yourself without power: Make sure you have a flashlight for each person and spare batteries to keep them running as long as necessary. Have a battery-powered radio on hand to stay informed of updates. Keep a portable source of heat available if the power outage occurs at night in the winter. […]
January 19, 2016

Tips for Being Prepared in Case of a Power Outage

A sudden power outage can leave you without heat, air conditioning, hot water, lighting, and the means to safely store and cook food for hours or even days. There’s no way to know how long an outage will last, but you’ll find it easier to cope if you make some advance preparations and keep three days’ worth of supplies on hand. These tips can help you prepare for a power outage: Put together an emergency kit and store it in […]
February 9, 2017

Are You Prepared for Winter Power Outages?

Winter power outages can be dangerous if you’re not prepared. It certainly won’t be pleasant, whether a few hours or a few days. Read through these tips to prepare for a winter power outage to make your time “off grid” as comfortable and safe as possible. Emergency Checklist It’s important to make an emergency preparedness checklist specific to your home. Following are some of the items you may include: Account for the whereabouts of everyone in your household. Everyone should […]
January 23, 2018

Tips for Staying Warm in a Winter Power Outage

We’re lucky to have relatively mild winters in our region, but even here, winter storms can occasionally wreak havoc. When that happens, it’s often the case that the power goes out just when we need it the most. The anxiety that arises in these situations is compounded in that we don’t know when it’s likely to come back on. Here are some of the reasons a power outage may occur: High winds knock down power lines. Ice breaks power lines. […]