Coping with a Power Outage

  • Activate contingency plans for patients with a medical necessity for electric power.
  • Limit freezer and refrigerator door openings to prevent food spoilage. Food will keep longer if doors remain closed. Check items for spoilage before serving. Don’t cook inside with charcoal.
  • Keep door openings to a minimum and use blankets, sleeping bags and extra clothes to help stay warm. Dress in layers and wear a hat. Cover drafty windows and doors with blankets.
  • Turn off large appliances that come on automatically. Make sure appliances you were using when the outage occurred are turned off. Disconnect sensitive electronics to avoid damage from surges.
  • When the power comes back on, give the electric system a chance to stabilize by gradually using the appliances you turned off. Use only the most essential first and wait 10 to 15 minutes on the others, including water heating and space heating.
  • If you clear trees on your property, don’t remove those tangled in power lines. Stay away from any downed lines and notify us or call 911 immediately.
  • Watch out for us. Our employees frequently work along roadsides. Please remember to slow down and be aware of utility crews. Stay away from Walton EMC work areas. Besides being in a hazardous area, you’ll slow our crew’s progress.