Whether your Post loses power for one day or one week, it is important to prepare your Post for a power outage. Whether caused by ice, snow or thunderstorms, a power outage may cause food spoilage, prevent the use of medical devices and disrupt water and communications.
How to Prepare in Advance
- Always have an emergency kit with water, non-perishable food, emergency contact information and more. Also consider how those supplies change if members are stuck at the Post.
- Consider purchasing a generator to power essential equipment like Post fridges and freezers. Ensure multiple Post member should know how to safely operate it.
- Make a disaster plan, including how to respond in the event of an outage and members will be notified of delays.
- Ensure your Post has carbon monoxide detectors with battery backup.
What to do During a Power Outage
- Keep Post fridges and freezers closed.
- Food stays good in the fridge for 4 hours. Once 4 hours hit, place perishables in coolers with ice.
- Stay away from windows and stay indoors.
- If safe, go to another location for heat or cooling. For mass outages, local authorities will open relief centers.
- Unplug appliances, equipment or electronics to prevent damage from surges.
- Only use generators outdoors and follow the manual.
- Leave one light turned on so you’ll know when the power comes back.
Steps to Take after a Power Outage
- If fridge temperatures drop below 40 degrees, discard food.
- If food in the freezer is colder than 40 degrees and has ice crystals on it, it is able to be refrozen.
- If the power is out for more than a day, discard any medication that should be refrigerated, unless the drug’s label says otherwise. Consult a doctor or pharmacist with questions.
- Clear any downed limbs or hire someone to do the work.
It always pays to be prepared to protect your Post. Read more risk management tips here.