A blackout happens when electric companies shut down power in an area for a certain amount of time, in order to avoid a total blackout of the power system.


  • Build an emergency kit.
  • Make a family communications plan.
  • Fill plastic containers with water and place them in your refrigerator and freezer. The chilled or frozen water will help keep food cold during a short power outage.


  • Don’t open the fridge or freezer! You’ll let out whatever cold air is inside and food will spoil more quickly.
  • Leave one light on, so that you’ll know when the power comes back.
  • Use only flashlights, not candles. Flames of candles can lead to a bigger risk of fire.
  • If it’s very hot outside, try to stay cool by going to the lowest level of your home. Cool air falls, hot air rises.