Outage Frequency and Duration are Increasing
Outages Strike at Any Time from Severe Weather—Disasters Car Accidents Public Safety Power Shutoffs and More
Refrigeration Heating and Cooling Medical Equipment Water and Sump Pumps Everyday Home Essentials
Easily Accessible Supplies
Flashlights + Extra Batteries
Stored Water—Nonperishable Food
Utility Website & Phone Number
Charged Phone Battery
Outage Hacks for Everyone
Freeze Gallon Water Bottles—Keeps Freezer Cold Longer.
Buy UPS backups for medical equipment, internet router, weather radio. They also charge cells phones and batteries.
If ice cream in the freezer has melted and refrozen, the freezer was too warm. Throw the food out.
Keep the Fridge Closed.
Backup Power Options
Solar Generator with Battery
Battery Storage + Solar
Home Standby Generator: A permanent appliances that runs on NG or LP like a furnace Power goes out—the generator starts & restores power in seconds
Portables are less expensive—Not automatic—Require setup for each use An electrician installs a transfer switch for furnace & air conditioning.
Whole House battery storage + solar power reduces reliance on the grid. Solar panels power the house and charge batteries. The house runs on batteries at night.
Apartments & condo option. A battery charges from an outlet or portable solar panels. Good for small appliances, lights, and electronics. Battery size limits available energy.
Outages happen without warning. When important parts of the grid fail, restoration could take days or even weeks.
Best Brands and Generators
How To and Safety