How to Prepare for a Power Outage

How to Prepare for a Power Outage

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Extreme fire danger and snow conditions are two possible ways you may experience power outages, sometimes for extended periods of time. Utilize the following resources to be informed and prepared in the event that power is cut from your home.


  • TDPUD sends text alerts in relation to power outages, when possible. Sign up at
  • Nixle alerts include area road conditions, prescribed burns, wildfires, and other emergencies. Sign up at
  • Text TDA to 797979 to get alerts from Tahoe Donner Association, or sign up at


  • If you have an electric car, make sure they are fully charged.
  • Have fuel at the house for generators and other items as needed.
  • Identify back up charging methods for phones and other electronic devices.
  • Have hard copies of emergency contacts and family information.
  • Plan for medical needs (including power dependent breathing machines, wheelchairs, dialysis, etc.)
  • Bring your camp stove inside for food preparation.
  • Create a safety plan here and here for all members of your family, including pets. A power shutoff can happen at any time of day or night, due to changing weather conditions.
  • Prepare an emergency supply kit. Include enough water and nonperishable food to last your household one week. Be sure to refresh your kit once a year.
  • Determine if your landline will work during an outage. Keep a mobile phone as backup
  • Keep mobile phones and other devices charged.
  • If you have a generator, make sure it’s ready to operate safely.
  • Have flashlights available for your household. Avoid using candles.
  • Have a battery-powered or crank radio.
  • Stock up on the right batteries for items you rely on. Include two extra sets in various sizes.
  • Keep cash on hand and a full tank of gas. ATMs and gas stations may not be available during an outage.
  • Learn how to manually open your garage or any other door that operates with electricity.
  • Talk with your building manager if you live or work in a building that has elevators or electronic key card access to understand how they will deal with a possible multi-day outage.


  • Unplug or turn off appliances, equipment and electronics to avoid damage caused by surges when the power is restored.
  • Leave a single lamp on to alert you when the power returns. Then, turn your appliances on, one at a time.
  • Typically, your refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours and a full freezer will keep its temperature for about 48 hours–as long as the freezer and refrigerator doors are kept closed. Consider using coolers with ice to keep food cold and safe.
  • Be sure to use generators, camp stoves or charcoal grills outdoors only. Do not use a gas stove for heat.
  • Check on your neighbors.