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"Prepare. Respond. Recover. It's time to get Ready LA" - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
Lights! Camera! Action! Our world revolves around color sights and sounds, many of which require the power of electricity So what happens when a Power Blackout occurs, and you’re suddenly cloaked in darkness, barely able to see your hand in front of you? Even should such an event happen in mid-day the inconvenience and discomfort of no TV or radio no air conditioning, lights, computers or video games can make us eel truly “lost.” Simply put, a power blackout, also known as a power outage, power cut or power failure, is the loss of the.

Power Blackout

The power of information
Power grid
  • Power failure can result from a power station problem, damage to a power line or part of the distribution system, a short circuit or an overload of electrical mains.
  • Some developing “third world” countries experience power outages for several hours almost daily.
  • “Rolling” blackouts occur when a power company turns electricity off to selected areas, in order to save power.
  • Hospitals, various government buildings, telecommunications facilities and other places where the use of power is critical often utilize emergency power generators typically powered by diesel fuel.
  • Water pressure often drops during power outages, due to water pumps losing power.
  • The word “blackout” means that power is lost completely; the term “brownout” refers to situations where the voltage level is below the normal required minimum level.
Blackout safety tips
Woman with flashlight
It usually happens with sudden swiftness… hopefully just after you’ve saved that computer document you’ve been typing feverishly. But besides the annoyances involved with a power blackout, there are also safety concerns. So these hints are good to remember.

  • Use flashlights for emergency lighting; candles can often be hazardous.
  • Turn off electrical equipment that you were using when the power went out.
  • Leave one light turned on so you’ll know when power has returned.
  • Leave your refrigerator and freezer doors closed so the food inside remains as cool and fresh as possible.
  • Listen to your battery-operated radio for the latest information updates.
  • Make sure that your pets have plenty of fresh, cool water to drink.
  • Do not run a generator inside your home or garage.

Bright ideas for staying prepared
Kitchen with groceries on table
Next time the lights go out, don’t blow a fuse. Just remain calm, which is easy to do if you’ve adequately prepared. These simple steps will give you a brighter perspective, even in those darkest hours.

  • Keep plenty of water on hand, for any emergency situation.
  • Store ready-to-eat foods that do not require refrigeration.
  • Make sure you know where your flashlights are, and have plenty of alkaline batteries available.
  • Keep a portable radio, that runs on batteries, in your home.
  • ATM machines often will not work during an area-wide power outage, so keep a small amount of cash set aside for situations such as this.

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