- Turn off oil and gas burners and furnace
- Secure the house when leaving
- Turn off electrical power at main switch
- Take keys
- approach problem areas unless requested to assist
- use charcoal or propane for indoor cooking
- touch any downed wires
- use telephone unless necessary.
- go outdoors unless necessary during emergencies
- run generators indoors or near buildings
- use flame or electrical items if gas odor is detected
One of the greatest hindrances in restoring services is people sight-seeing on foot or in vehicles in problem areas. Remember that under certain circumstances persons interfering with emergency services to a stricken area are subject to arrest.
Things to Consider
- Will family member need electricity for life support
- Leave house if gas is leaking inside or nearby
- If trees are blocking your street, report it to the Department of Public Works
- Report downed wires to N-Star
- Drive cautiously and only in emergency
- Report broken gas or water mains to the respective companies.
- Make arrangements for salvaging frozen food if power is estimated to be off over 24 hours