Power Outage Awareness

Power outages are a common occurrence during disasters, but are not limited to emergency events. Times of peak high energy demands, such as grueling hot summer months, can lead to rolling outages and black outs. Learn more below about the steps you can take to help conserve energy and stay safe when outages occur.

Brownsville, Texas, July 24, 2008 - Downed power lines on the side of major roads pose a problem for 
            	officials, residents and business owners. Many streets remain closed, and traffic is rerouted. Jacinta Quesada/FEMA

Power Outage Safety Tips

Even with conservation efforts, power outages are still possible during emergency events. Ready.gov recommends the following steps to prepare for a power outage:

For households with individuals who have disabilities, functional, and/or access needs, also consider the following:

During an outage, take the following precautions:

Energy Conservation

Breezy Point, N.Y., Nov. 14, 2012 - Jason Bounce, a utility worker from Houston, Texas, repair power lines damaged during Hurricane Sandy prior to re-energizing.  Hurricane Sandy was the largest Atlantic hurricane on record and caused the most damage in New York and New Jersey Oct. 29, 2012.  (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Ryan J. Courtade/Released)

Everyone can help prevent rolling outages from occurring during peak energy times by employing energy conservation measures. Conservation is also a great way to reduce the cost of your monthly energy bill. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) recommends the following energy conservation steps:

Additional Information

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