What to Do When the Power Goes Out

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It happens suddenly: one minute, everything is humming along — the next, the power is out.

Power outages are dark, boring, and sometimes even dangerous. Unfortunately, power outages are also a pretty common occurrence across Northern Virginia and the United States. High winds, flooding and lightning are some of the top culprits of power outages and with spring weather right around the corner, take a few minutes to read on and make sure you’re prepared.

There are certain safety measures your family should take to make sure that a power outage doesn’t become dangerous in your home.

Know the Resources Available to You
Every city and town has its own resources available to residents when the power goes out. It’s important to check with your municipalities to see if they offer an outage map, an emergency management web page, or a phone number you can call in case of emergency (keep your cell phone charged!).

Some of these conveniences are also offered by your electricity provider. If you don’t know how to get updates on outages and when power will be restored, look into it before spring weather begins so you can have it handy.

How to Communicate During a Power Outage
In an age of wireless devices, we often take communication for granted. When the power is out, Virginia area electricians know your resources can be drastically limited. It’s important to keep your cell phones adequately charged if storms, flooding or other weather-related hazards are on the horizon. When it comes to communicating during a power outage, keep these tips in mind:

Contact Your Neighbors
Naturally, your first thought during this type of event will be “why is my power out?” Sometimes, a power outage will be isolated and only affect a small area. Other times, the damage can spread for miles. If you’re not sure the extent of the power failure, contact your neighbors, landlord or nearby friends and family to see if they’re witnessing it, too.

Use Data-Based Communication
In the event of a disaster, the FCC and FEMA recommend using texts, emails, and social media to communicate during a disaster. Since these are data-based serviced (as opposed to voice networks), users will be less likely to experience

Plug In Your Corded Phone
If you do still have a traditional landline, keep a corded phone in your home. Unlike a cordless phone, an old-fashioned phone with a cord will still work even when the power is out.

Keep an Eye on Text Updates
Many news sources and emergency organizations will send push notifications or text message alerts directly to your phone in the chance of an emergency. If possible, try to minimize how much you’re using your phone so you don’t run out of juice and miss the alert.

If your power is out, it’s not always nature’s fault. Call John C. Flood when you have electrical issues in Alexandria, Washington, DC, or Northern Virginia.

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