Ready Riverside

Power Outage

Power outages can happen for many reasons, including severe weather or infrastructure failure. They can last for a few minutes or for days.


Prepare for a power outage


During a power outage

Power Outage Information


Practice fire safety

  • Use flashlights, not candles.
  • Keep generators outside and away from your home.
  • Stay away from low-hanging or downed power lines.


Stay comfortable

  • Stay cool in extreme heat: drink plenty of water and avoid strenuous activity.
  • Stay warm in cold weather: wear warm clothes.
  • Go to a public place like a library, recreation center, or mall for temporary relief.


Preserve devices and appliances

  • Preserve cell phone battery life. Texting saves battery life compared to calling.
  • Keep fridge doors closed. Most refrigerated food will keep in a closed refrigerator for several hours.
  • Turn off or disconnect appliances, equipment, or electronics.


Stay safe on the road

  • Watch out for debris and downed power lines.
  • If a traffic light is out, treat the intersection as a four-way stop.


After a power outage

  • Get rid of food that may have spoiled: when in doubt, throw it out!