Power Through an Outage

by WhidbeyLocal.com 23rd December 2015

power outages

Did you know that a severe winter storm can knock out power to your home?  Since you can’t predict how long a power outage will last, you should plan to live without electricity for at least three days.


Now that winter is here, preparation is necessary to stay safe! The Ready Campaign has tips to prepare your family for a power outage:


  • Build an emergency supply kit that includes an alternative cell phone charger, a manual can opener, cash, a NOAA weather radio, and a warm blanket for each person;
  • Make a family emergency communication plan;
  • Keep your car tank at least half full because gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps;
  • Put thermometers in your refrigerator and freezer to monitor food temperature; and
  • Get battery back-up for medical or assistive devices that require power.


During a power outage, it is important to remember: 


  • Use only flashlights or emergency lighting, NEVER use candles due to fire hazard;
  • Conserve your cell phone battery, only use your phone for life-threatening situations;
  • Put on layers of warm clothing; and
  • Don't use your oven as a heating source.


You can also check the PSE outage map via cell phone if you have a smart phone app or internet connection.

Posted by WhidbeyLocal
Wednesday, 23rd December 2015, 11:04pm.
Comments (0)
Popular Articles
View More

Upcoming Events

View More

You also might be interested in

I’ve always loved to fly. I grew up in a family of pilots – my dad was a bush pilot in Alaska and his brother, my uncle Don, retired as a 747 pilot. They built kit planes growing up, and I inherited that same fascination with flying.

Whidbey Buzz

Puget Sound Energy Sponsors Free, Family-Friendly Safety Fair at Greenbank Farm  June 14th, 2015 Safety Fair at Greenbank Farm Sponsored by Puget Sound Energy 12 Noon – 3pm / Free and Family-Friendly Step right up! On June 14th, 2015 from Noon-3pm, Greenbank Farm will host Central Whidbey’s first Safety Fair, generously Sponsored by Puget Sound Energy.

Whidbey Buzz

Holiday fireworks and other fanfare are often frightful experiences for pets. The loud noises can hurt their sensitive ears.

Whidbey Buzz

EXCITING NEWS – The Slow Food USA Ark of Taste has added another one of Whidbey Island’s treasures to their stock of seeds.  The Rockwell Beans have now officially been added and can be found on the Ark of Taste page of Slow Food USA.  The Rockwell Bean is currently grown by only four farmers, who are the descendents of Ebey's Prairie pioneer families: Georgie Smith of Willowood Farm, Wilbur Purdue of Prairie Bottom Farm, Wilbur Bishop of Ebey Road Farm, and Vin Sherman.

Whidbey Buzz

Winter is just around the corner, and it’s time to think about cold weather safety; specifically hypothermia. Hypothermia is a dangerous drop in body temperature, usually caused by prolonged exposure to cold temperatures.

Whidbey Buzz