We've all experienced it, and for many of us, it's a recent memory: the moment when warning signs flash, tornado sirens wail, the lights start to flicker, and suddenly, we find ourselves plunged into darkness. Our daily lives are so intricately connected to electricity that losing this vital resource can bring everything to a standstill. However, there are proactive steps you can take to preemptively tackle the stress that accompanies an unforeseen power outage.
Power outages can strike unexpectedly, and they can present significant challenges, especially for individuals relying on life-sustaining equipment. Establishing a communication strategy for such situations is vital, ensuring you can stay well-informed about the outage and any developments. This plan may involve receiving alerts through text messages or emails or utilizing social media platforms to connect with others. Maintaining effective communication becomes even more critical during extended power outages.
Know Your Options:
When contemplating your emergency power needs, it's essential to explore all the available choices. Portable generators may offer a more budget-friendly option, but they have limitations and can only power a limited number of appliances. If you seek peace of mind and want to ensure that essential systems like heating/cooling, refrigeration, freezers, lighting, televisions, critical healthcare devices, and more remain operational during an outage, then an automatic home standby generator is the ideal solution. These generators are powered by natural gas or liquid propane (LP) and are installed outside your home. They can run continuously until the regular power supply is restored.
Know Who to Call:
Part of being prepared is making sure you not only have supplies ready for a storm, but that you have important phone numbers on hand. You can put these in your cellphone’s contacts, or even better, keep a handy written list on your refrigerator.
- First and foremost, you and your young kids (if you have them) should know to call 911 for any serious issues/emergencies. Whether it’s for the fire department, the police department, or a medical emergency, call 911.
- Local non-emergency police number:They can help with non-emergency but important issues.
- Electricity Provider: For power issues/updates on outages.
- Gas Provider: If there’s a leak or damage, or you smell gas, get to a safe place, and call this number immediately.
- Tech and TV: This would include internet, cable, landline phone, and cellphone providers. You’ll need the numbers in case of line or equipment damage.
- Water department: Take steps to protect your pipes if the power goes out. It is also a good idea to know where your main line shutoff valve is.
- Lastly, you can count on Ryan Electrical Solutions for all of your electrical and generator needs. We have emergency response available! Just call 217.698.4877.
Check out this handy ‘severe weather’ checklist from our partners at Generac. You can download a free copy here.
Naturally, we all wish for storm-free skies and a world without power outages, but we recognize that this is not always the case. This is precisely why our business is centered on assisting you in becoming well-prepared, staying prepared, and being informed about your available options!