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Storm Preparation: What To Do When The Power Goes Out

Newport News, Williamsburg Storm Preparation

Storms are common here in southeastern Virginia, and severe storms can come without much notice. With these storms, it is not uncommon for the power to be knocked out for anywhere from a few minutes to several hours. Do you know what to do when the power goes out? In today’s blog post, we will give you some storm preparation tips to help make life a little easier when the power goes out in your home!


Turn off as many lights and electronics as possible. This is to prevent an overload on the circuits when power is restored to your home or business.


Do NOT open the fridge or freezer. If left unopened, your fridge should keep food cold for 4 hours past losing power, and a full freezer should maintain its temperature for 48 hours.

For food, it’s recommended to have a cooler and freezer packs ready so that perishable foods can be stored in them. You can use a food thermometer to test food right before you cook or eat it; if its temperature is above 40 degrees F, throw it out. Because food in the fridge may spoil, having canned food and a manual can opener at hand is also important.


Sometimes during a power outage, water purification systems are not functioning properly. It is best to drink bottled or boiled water unless notified by local authorities that the tap water is safe to drink.

Emergency Kit

Lastly, it’s always a good idea to have some supplies at hand in case the power goes out in the future. Items to have handy include a flashlight (with extra batteries), battery powered radio, first aid supplies, extra fuses, and a battery powered clock.

So what do you think? Are you ready for the next storm? What do you do when the power goes out in your home? Comment with your thoughts and ideas here! We’d love to hear what you think!

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