Power Outage 

Power outages can happen at any time of the year, and can last for several days. It's key to think about a few things - how you and your family will stay warm or cool, depending on the time of the year; how you will cook food; and how will you power important devices - all without compromising fire safety. 

Want more great information about how to prepare for power outages? Check out what the Red Cross and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommend.  

What to do in a power outage

Alternative Heating and Power Options


- Extra layers of warm clothing 

- Warm blankets


- Battery powered fans

- Towels dampened with cool water 


- Battery powered lanterns and flashlights

- Headlamps

- Camping cooking equipment

- Solar powered chargers and lanterns

- Car chargers 

- Generator


Wondering about generator safety? Check out these tips from the Red Cross to find out about choosing a generator, using it at home and preventing carbon monoxide poisoning.

Fire Safety

During a power outage, we often use different methods than normal to heat our homes and food. Remember to check if items are designed for outdoor use only, and to read the manufacturer's instructions for safe usage. 

Be extremely careful of using open flames, especially around children or pets. Never allow a fire to burn while you are sleeping or out of the house - even a single candle can start a blazing fire that burns down your home.  

Learn more about fire safety during power outages with information from the Office of the State Fire Marshal