Expect Power Outages with the Storm

— Written By NC State Extension

Power pole with tree limbsBe ready for power outages. With a storm this big, the potential for power outages is high. It could take days or even weeks for all power to be restored. You need to be prepared to survive without electricity.

Make sure batteries and cell phones are fully charged at all times. If you rely on powered medical devices, make sure that you have a backup plan in case you lose power. If you have a generator, only use it away from your home and never run a generator inside a home or garage, or connect it to your home’s electrical system.

Food safety is a big issue during and after a power outage. See the following factsheets for information about how to be safe with food without power.

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Meal Preparation and Food Safety After a Power Failure

After a power failure, you might not have heat, refrigeration, or water. This publication explains how to safely prepare food when you have no power.

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When the Power Is Out - When to Save Refrigerated Food and When to Throw It Out

This factsheet offers information on which refrigerated foods to discard when the power is out for an extended period.

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When the Power Is Out - When to Refreeze Frozen Food and When to Throw It Out

This factsheet offers information on which frozen foods can be safely refrozen after an extended power outage.

Stay tuned to local media or online sources for weather updates and listen for information from local authorities on evacuations, local hazards and other important news.