Preparing for a Power Outage 

 
You should keep your household prepared for a short power outage. Keep basic supplies on hand such as a flashlight in the bedroom, nonperishable foods stocked in the pantry and extra batteries in storage. But even with these preparations, sudden power outages are frustrating and troublesome, especially when they are not short.
 
If a power outage lasts less than 2 hours, you need not be concerned about perishable foods and medications spoiling. For prolonged outages over 2 hours, different precautions should be taken. Here are some tips that can help you prepare and keep you safe in the event of a longer power outage.

You should keep your household prepared for a short power outage.  Have basic supplies on hand such as a flashlights and extra batteries. 

If a power outage lasts less than 2 hours, you need not be concerned about perishable foods and medications spoiling. For prolonged outages over 2 hours, different precautions should be taken. Here are some tips that can help you prepare and keep you safe:


AMP Phone Numbers

  • Keep these two AMP phone numbers available:
  • 24-Hour Emergency Line (510) 748-3902
  • Customer Service Assistance (510) 748-3900

Flashlights, Radios, Phones

  • Make sure you have flashlights and extra batteries.
  • Keep a battery-powered, or hand-cranked, radio in an easily accessible area, so you can monitor the status of power restoration on local radio stations.
  • Remember that cordless phones won’t work when the power goes out, so have a phone that does not rely on electricity, such as a cell phone, available for use during power outages.
  • If you have a Smart Phone, you can check the AMP website and AMP Twitter messages. 

Food and Water

  • Keep a three-day supply on hand of non-perishable foods and bottled water on hand. Stock up if needed. 
  • Freeze plastic containers filled with water to make blocks of ice that can be placed in your refrigerator to preserve food longer.

Medication and First Aid

  • Check medications that require refrigeration to be sure you know if they will be affected by a prolonged interruption of power. Consult a doctor or pharmacist if you’re not sure. 
  • You may want to keep a small cooler handy to preserve special medication.
  • Always have a first-aid kit with current supplies in a convenient location.

Household Appliances and Devices

  • Know how to manually operate your garage door. If power is lost, your garage door opener will not work.
  • Use surge suppressors to protect sensitive electronic equipment, such as computers. If you are home during an expected outage, you’ll want to unplug sensitive equipment.

 

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