How to Prepare for a Power Outage

We’d love to have no outages—we hate it when our customers are inconvenienced. Over the years, we’ve added system capabilities to quickly re-route power in the event of an issue whenever possible. But serving an area nestled in a national forest (trees are a major source of outages), with frequently corrosive salt air, we will always have the potential for outages. As we enter into the storm season, this is a great time to evaluate how to deal with outages.

Is there something you must have running when power is out? If the answer is yes, think of visiting family or friends who still have power flowing during an outage. Or consider getting a generator. And if you have it hard-wired into your home or business’ electrical system, please let us know so we can be aware—if a generator is running when power is restored, the grid could “backfeed” and a line worker working on the system could be injured.

Call us to let us know your power is out: 877-265-3211. This helps us map outages.

Keep mobile phones plugged in when at home, especially if you do not have a landline. Outages can come at any time, and if your phone’s power is low, you may not have it working when you need it.

Check outage info from Central Lincoln: On our website, on Facebook at Central Lincoln PUD, and on Twitter @clpud.

What if you don’t have a smart phone or internet access, only a land line phone? Make certain you have at least one phone without batteries that doesn’t need electricity to work. We also recommend you decide on and talk to an “Outage Buddy” before an outage happens—a friend or family member who doesn’t live on the Coast, but perhaps in the Willamette Valley, or out of state. Ask your Outage Buddy if they’re willing to help you during an outage by checking our website, Facebook page, or Twitter feed for outage information and calling to update you.

Consider things to do during an outage: Keep a flashlight and fresh batteries in a place you can easily find in the dark. Get an outage-activated nightlight or flashlight. Have a good book handy to read by flashlight, or, bundle up and go for a walk. If the outage is during the day, perhaps do errands. Think of and stock foods that don’t require electricity to be prepared. If you have children at home, consider card or board games or other toys that don’t require electricity.

What about food storage? The US Department of Agriculture says: “Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature. The refrigerator will keep food safely cold for about 4 hours if it is unopened. A full freezer will hold the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed.”

More tips? Check our Storm and Disaster Preparedness pages here.