If you have extra room in your refrigerator or freezer, fill a plastic container
with water, and leave it there. Frozen water expands, so leave some room
at the top.
Should the power stay out for awhile, the cold or frozen water will help
keep food cold.
If any family member is on medication that requires refrigeration, the cold
or frozen water should keep the medication safe for several hours.
Check with your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
Electric Medical Equipment
If you or a family member uses an electric wheelchair or scooter, have an extra battery which is kept charged. Consider a manual wheelchair to use as a back up.
Check with your doctor if you have other electrical life-support systems to see
if there are other alternatives in a Disaster or Emergency Blackout situation.
In many areas where Rolling Blackouts are used to save energy,
utility companies keep a record of residence on power dependent needs.
Contact your Utility Company, explain your circumstances, and find out what alternatives they can offer.
Elevators will not be working, so if you live in a building with an elevator, consider any alternative exits.
Blind and Deaf Family Members
For the blind or visually impaired, consider a battery operated talking clock,
with extra batteries, or a large print clock.
If you have a TTY system, check to see if there is a battery backup available.
For the deaf or hearing impaired, consider a battery operated television set.
Emergency broadcasts often have open captioning.
Check with your local stations to see if they offer American Sign translation in emergency situations.
Your Garage and Vehicles
In a power outage, automatic garage doors will not operate.
Find the manual release, and practice using it.
If you have access only through the garage door, consider adding another way inside.
If this is not possible, discuss what options you have,
and put this in your Disaster Plan.
Keep your vehicle gas tanks at half full or more.
Gas station pumps will not work without electrical power.
Avoid any unnecessary diving.
Traffic signals will be out, increasing accidents and congestion.
Keep some extra cash at home. You should have some change and small bills.
ATM machines and debit or credit cards will not work without electrical power.
Use a high-quality surge protector with your computer.
Regularly back up your files and operating systems.
Turn off your computer, monitor, copier, printer, scanner and whatever else you have when not in use.
In the event of a blackout, everything is already shut down safely.
If you use your computer for a home based business, check with your local computer dealer
about installing a UPS (uninterpretable power supply).
They can provide you information on installation and cost.
Use your electricity wisely.
This can help your power company avoid rolling blackout,
and also save you money.
NEVER use a generator inside. The fumes can be deadly. (see Generators)
DO NOT connect the generator to your home's electrical system.
Connect what you want the generator to run directly into it.