Power Outage

The biggest Blackout in U.S. history occurred on August 14, 2003, leaving roughly 50 million people without power. Blackouts can happen anywhere, and to anyone, so being prepared is important.


Sudden power outages can be frustrating and troublesome, especially when they last a long time.  However, there are steps you can take to minimize food loss and make sure all members of your household are comfortable. 


Learn more about power outage preparedness here.

During a power outage....

  • Have an Emergency Supply Kit and Household Disaster Plan in place.
  • To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, use generators, pressure washers, grills, and similar items outdoors only.
  • If the power is out less than two hours, you do not need to worry about losing perishable foods.
  • If the power is out longer than two hours, throw away food that has a temperature higher than 40°F.
  • Check with local authorities to be sure your water is safe.
  • In hot weather, stay cool and drink plenty of fluids to prevent heat-related illness.
  • Wear layers of clothing, which help to keep in body heat.
  • Avoid power lines and use electric tools and appliances safely to prevent electrical shock.