What Do I Do in a Power Outage?

Although it doesn’t happen to most of us nearly as often anymore, 500,000 people in the United States still experience a loss of power for two hours or more on any given day of the week. Severe weather is the major cause of these outages (tornadoes, hurricanes, strong winds, wildfires and other natural causes), although equipment failures account for some. Power outages cost our economy nearly $80 billion every year. The effect on those at home ranges from the inconvenience of losing the air conditioner on a hot day to the serious potential impact on those who depend on electrically-powered medical equipment.

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