Homeland Security and Emergency Services

Power Outage Safety Tips

What is a Power Outage?

A power outage is a temporary loss of electricity to a building or area caused by snow, rain, wind, hurricanes, tornadoes, thunderstorms, earthquakes, and even solar storms. A power outage can sometimes last for days or weeks, depending on the damage. People depend on electricity for heating and air conditioning, as well as food, drinking water, medical care, communication, and other needs. Power outages can be especially dangerous during extreme cold temperatures or extreme heat, and for those who rely on electricity for medical devices. Preparing for power outages can help keep you and your family safe.

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