Photo source: Alex Ramirez, Iowa State University.

Power Outages

Power outages can occur from a variety of situations, such as natural disasters (e.g.,flooding, ice storms) or from overwhelmed power systems during extreme heat situations. Power outages can last for prolonged periods of time and present unique challenges for agricultural communities. For homes, food safety issues may occur from the loss of refrigeration, personal safety may be of concern from the loss of heating in the winter or cooling in the summer. The loss of power to farms using mechanical ventilation, bulk milk-handling equipment, automated feeding systems, heat or refrigeration can result in economic and livestock losses.

Learn how to prepare for and protect your family, home and farm, animals, and business during power outage situations.

Power Outages Preparedness Resources

Power Outages at Home (pdf, 1 pg)
More Home Resources
Power Outages on Your Farm (pdf, 1 pg)
More Farm Resources
Power Outages and Your Business (pdf, 1 pg)
More Business Resources

Additional Web Resources

Information website of outlining the steps in preparing individuals/families for a possible blackout.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
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)