Most of us can, reluctantly, endure the occasional brief power outage from a weather event or other calamity.
But an extended power outage can be a challenge to our dependence on modern appliances and electronic devices, and disaster plans should take power loss into account. Lengthy power outages can result from many sources, and your disaster plans may change with the seasons:
- weight of snow or ice downing lines in the winter
- branches falling on wires during spring or summer storms
- utility-driven blackouts or brownouts at any time of year
The Federal Emergency Management Agency describes steps to take before, during and after power outages, including conservation measures for areas subject to widespread utility brownouts or blackouts. Reminder: To prevent damage to electrical appliances as a result of power surges when power is restored, unplug any non-essential electrical appliances.