Power Outage Scenario

Posted on 2023-06-06
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AN ELECTRICAL GRID OUTAGE CAN HAPPEN AT ANY TIME

A power outage imay disrupt communications, water and transportation. It can close retail businesses, grocery stores, gas stations, ATM’s, banks and other services. It can also cause food spoilage and water contamination, and prevent use of medical devices.

PREPARE NOW

  • Take an inventory now of the items you need that rely on electricity.

  • Talk to your medical provider about a power outage plan for medical devices powered by electricity and refrigerated medicines. Find out how long medication can be stored at higher temperatures and get specific guidance for any medications that are critical for life.

  • Plan for batteries and other alternatives to meet your needs when the power goes out.

  • Sign up for local alerts and warning systems. Monitor weather reports.

  • Install carbon monoxide detectors with battery backup in central locations on every level of your home.

  • Determine whether your home phone will work in a power outage and how long battery backup will last.

  • Review the supplies that are available in case of no power. Have flashlights with extra batteries for every household member. Have enough nonperishable food and water.

  • Use a thermometer in the refrigerator and freezer so that you can know the temperature when the power is restored.

  • Keep mobile phones and other electric equipment charged and gas tanks full.

SURVIVE DURING

  • Keep freezers and refrigerators closed. The refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours.

  • A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours. Use coolers with ice if necessary. Monitor temperatures with a thermometer.

  • Use food supplies that do not require refrigeration.

  • Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Generators, camp stoves, or charcoal grills should always be used outdoors and at least 20 feet away from windows. Never use a gas stovetop or oven to heat your home.

  • Check on your neighbors. Older adults and young children are especially vulnerable to extreme temperatures.

  • Go to a community location with power if heat or cold is extreme.

  • Turn off or disconnect appliances, equipment, or electronics. Power may return with momentary “surges” or “spikes” that can cause damage.

BE SAFE AFTER

  • When in doubt, throw it out! Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures 40 degrees or higher for two hours or more, or that has an unusual odor, color, or texture.

  • If the power is out for more than a day, discard any medication that should be refrigerated, unless the drug’s label says otherwise. If a life depends on the refrigerated drugs, consult a doctor or pharmacist and use medicine only until a new supply is available.

OTHER RESOURCES

FOR ALL EMERGENCIES: CORAC runs a HAM radio net and Signal groups. If communication goes out for any length of time, meet outside your local Church at 9 a.m. on Saturday mornings if it is safe to do so. Tell friends at Church now in case you can’t then. CORAC teams will be out looking for people to gather in and work with.

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