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What To Do If the Power Goes Out

  • Seek shelter or stay inside a well-constructed building. 

  • Disconnect or turn off any nonessential electrical equipment that may start automatically when power is restored to avoid overloading circuits.

  • Do not open freezers or refrigerators more than necessary. Opening will allow food to thaw more quickly. For more, see the FDA’s food safety guidelines.

  • Follow instructions and guidance of emergency management officials. 

  • In case of strong winds, stay away from windows and doors, even if they are covered. Seek shelter in a small interior room, closet or hallway on the lowest floor.  

  • Do not walk, swim or drive through flood waters. Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.