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A few hours without power after a storm is often no more than a nuisance – but would you, your family or business be ready if that outage stretched into days or even weeks?
These are just a few of the questions you'll need to be prepared to answer, if a mass, long-term power loss threatens your area.
Thunderstorms can cause outages in your community that are often quickly restored. However, there is the possibility—regardless of where you live or work—for extended, large scale disruptions to the U.S. power grid, caused by a natural disaster, cyber-attack or other manmade event. These impacts would be felt not just in your home or office, but in the transport of goods across our country, the provision of clean water to communities, and the use of critical communications channels, including radio and television, as well as landline and mobile phones.
In this situation, local, state and federal emergency responders will be doing what they can to save lives and protect property. Individually, it is imperative that you think through what you will do: How will you maintain contact with and ensure the safety of your family members and staff, and preserve your business processes until electricity is restored?
Consider downloading the FEMA app (via Apple App Store or Google Play), which provides valuable safety tips to help you prepare for and recover from more than 20 natural and man-made hazards. The app also provides family communication plans, customizable checklist of emergency supplies, and maps of open shelters and disaster recovery centers.
More information and tips for you and your business to prepare for power outages or other disasters can be found by visiting Ready.gov.