What do I do if my house loses power?
  • Ask if the power outage is isolated to your home or is it neighborhood wide or systemwide? Check with neighbors to assess the situation. 
  • It may sound counterintuitive, but one of the first things you should do during a power outage is unplug any electrical appliances or electronics to prevent spikes once the power is restored. Ideally, sensitive electronics or devices should be on surge protectors to prevent damage. 
  • Turn the air conditioner off to prevent a surge once the power comes back on. 
  • Check your property for damage. Report any fallen power lines. Don’t touch or go near any downed lines.  
  • Do not use any flooded electrical outlets, appliances or circuit breaker boxes until they’ve been checked by a professional.

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1. What is the difference between a tropical storm watch and warning?
2. What are the categories of hurricanes and what do they mean?
3. What can I do to prepare for a storm?
4. Who has the authority to issue an evacuation order?
5. What are the evacuation routes?
6. Can I evacuate before an evacuation order?
7. What local agency leads during hurricane season?
8. What are the best sources of information during a storm?
9. What if I need a shelter during a storm?
10. What if I need transportation to a shelter?
11. What happens if I stay in town during a mandatory evacuation order?
12. What do I do if my house loses power?