Personal Risk Matters

Dealing with Long-Term Power Outages

Posted on Monday, September 18, 2017

Utility companies have called in resources from across the country and are working around the clock to restore services to the millions left in Florida and Texas without power after the recent hurricanes. Although many residents’ power has been restored, it may take weeks for full service to return.

If you are still without power at home (and have found your way to this page nonetheless!), here are a few tips to help you stay safe during a power outage. 

Food Considerations

  • Avoid opening your refrigerator, freezer, or cooler to maintain the cool temperature inside.
  • Discard perishable food that has been above 40 degrees for more than two hours. Follow these ready.gov guidelines regarding food safety and usage during a power outage.
  • Your homeowners policy may include coverage for food spoilage due to loss of power to your refrigerator and freezer, so take an inventory of lost food items.
  • Be sure to clean and sanitize food containers that have come in contact with flood waters.

Electronics

  • Unplug your electronics to avoid a surge when your power does return. But leave one light on so you know when it’s back.
  • Set your thermostat a bit higher so that your air conditioner doesn’t overwork and freeze up trying to cool your entire home right away when the power returns.

You can also find more tips from ready.gov, the CDC, and the Red Cross.

Once your power does come back on, make note of the things that were most helpful during the outage and remember to restock your emergency supplies so you are prepared for future outages.

For questions about how you can protect your property and lifestyle from loss associated with natural disasters, contact Marsh PCS.

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