Emergency Response Procedures: Coping with Power Outage

When most of us think about emergency planning, we think about fires, earthquakes and other large scale disasters. It is also important to consider much more routine, but potentially damaging and costly events such as power failures.

Our Emergency Response Procedures flip book provides detailed guidelines on how to respond to crises such as power failures as they occur. It also covers topics ranging from human-centric events such as heat stroke and cyber attack to natural disasters such as blizzards and wildfires.

If you would like a copy of our Emergency Response Procedures flip book, you can order one here.

In the Event That Your Facility Loses Electricity

  1. Provide flashlights to as many employees as possible, especially managers and supervisors
  2. Check for trapped employees or guests in all areas, especially elevators or rooms with sealed doors such as vaults and freezers
  3. If the outage affects neighboring buildings as well, call the power company and ask when you can expect service to return
  4. Attempt to conduct business as usual as safely as possible until power returns; if your facility is frequented by the public, consider closing up temporarily

If Only Your Structure is Affected

  1. Conduct a site inspection to determine the cause of the outage, checking for damage to structures and power lines, being mindful of any electrical hazards
  2. Shut down all electronic equipment
  3. Cover all perishable food items and keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed
  4. Call your power company to report the outage
  5. Notify your insurer of any damages
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