Power Outages and Your Family

Power Outages and Your Family

Power outages at home present unique challenges, especially when the power is out for prolonged periods of time. It is important for you and your family to be prepared in order to stay safe and healthy.

Power Outages Preparedness Factsheet

Power Outages at Home
(pdf, 1 page)

Related Websites

Emergency Preparedness And Response: Power Outages
Website with resources on steps to take before, during and after a power outage, including worker safety.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
What You Need To Know When The Power Goes Out Unexpectedly
Very good resource for safety concerns during a power outage, including food safety, drinking water, extreme heat and cold, and carbon monoxide.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Blackouts
Information website of outlining the steps in preparing individuals/families for a possible blackout.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Preparedness Resources

Health Issues During Power Outages

Keep Food and Water Safe After a Natural Disaster or Power Outage
Factsheet on food and water safety after a disaster or power outage.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Keep Your Food Safe During Emergencies: Power Outages, Floods, Fires
Safety guidelines when handling food during an extended power outage, flood, or after a fire.
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS)
Keeping Food Safe During An Emergency
Information on how to keep food safe during a power outage or emergency, including what to do with common "refrigerator foods."
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS)
Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning After an Emergency
Factsheet discussing the risks, potential sources and prevention of carbon monoxide poisoning after an emergency situation.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Staying Warm in an Unheated House: Coping with a Power Outage in Winter
Factsheet discussing ways to keep warm and safety factors if the power goes outin the winter.
University of Wisconsin Extension

Safety Issues During Power Outages

Electrical Safety and Generators: Preventing Electrocutions Associated with Portable Generators
Factsheet discussing safety issues when using portable generators and preventive measures take.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Preparing Your Property for Power Outages

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