Eddy County Emergency Management

POWER OUTAGE

Power outages can occur due to extreme weather conditions, rolling blackouts, failure in the grid or they can accompany other disasters, such as earthquakes.

If there is no power in your neighborhood:

  • Turn off appliances and computers, but leave one light on to indicate when power has been restored.
  • It is best to use flashlights instead of candles as candles are fire hazards.
  • Do not use a gas stove for heating or operate generators indoors (not even in the garage).  Both can cause carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • If you are out in your vehicle, and traffic signals are not working, treat them as stop signs.
  • Leave the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as food will stay cold longer.
  • Be sure to check on the elderly and those with special needs.
  • Have a battery powered or hand crank radio to listen for important information in the case of a disaster.