What To Do If You Lose Power
• If you lose power, first check your fuse and/or circuit breaker box and main breaker if appropriate. If that is not the problem, and your neighbors also have no power, call your utility company.
• If your fuse or breakers are in a flooded area, do not go near them until the water recedes or is removed.
• Always stay away from fallen power lines, and always assume they are energized. Notify your utility company if you notice wires are down in your area.
• Know how to open your garage door without the electric opener.
• Remember, electric well and sump pumps will not operate.
• Unplug all motor-driven appliances like refrigerators and freezers and sensitive electronic equipment (like TVs, microwaves and computers) to prevent a possible electrical overload when power is restored.
• Leave one light switch on to indicate when power is restored.
• Have a battery-operated radio and flashlight handy.
Tips to prevent food spoilage:
• Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed. An unopened refrigerator will keep foods cold enough for a few hours. A freezer that is half full will hold food safely for up to 24 hours and a full freezer, between 36 and 48 hours.
• Throw a blanket over appliances for added insulation.
• You can also extend food storage by packing refrigerated milk, dairy products, meats, fish poultry, eggs, and other foods in a cooler surrounded by ice.
• Specific advice on food spoilage is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and from the American Red Cross.