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Severe Storms: Power Outages in Winter
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Monday, February 8, 2016

Spring storms are one thing, but when winter storms roll through, it isn’t always the easiest to go out into the thick of the storm when in need of supplies. Additionally, a power outage in winter can be dangerous when the weather drops into low, below freezing temperatures. Being prepared for a possible winter power outage is crucial.

No matter the emergency level of a winter storm, being prepared is a top safety priority. Before a power outage, people’s lives depend on electricity meeting their needs. But when a home experiences a winter power outage, or a family goes without water or electricity, there is almost a role reversal of sorts. People now have to work to ensure food doesn’t go bad, see that water is safe to use, have extra batteries, make sure there are plenty of flashlights and not lighting candles, what electronics can be used — the list of what humans need to do to remain safe during a power outage in winter goes on and on.

Gathered from the American Red Cross, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Ready.gov, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the following tips are meant to help anyone be prepared and stay safe during a winter storm and its possible result of a power outage.

  • Build an emergency preparedness kit. Include essentials like a flashlight, a first aid kit, extra batteries, non-perishable food, water, etc.  In this age, it may be helpful to include a portable cell phone charger too.
  • Listen to and follow directions from the local authorities. Of course, in a power outage, the TV won’t work, so include a battery-powered (or even a hand-cranked) radio in an emergency preparedness kit.
  • When listening to directions from local authorities, check that water is safe to consume and/or use for other applications. Learn how to disinfect water from the CDC.
  • For winter power outages that are two hours or less, there is no need to worry about losing perishable foods. However, for longer winter storms, have a stock of non-perishable food items and water. FEMA states to have more than three days' worth of water and at least three days' worth of food.
  • Throw away any food that has a temperature higher than 40 degrees Fahrenheit. However long a power outage in winter may be, do not open the refrigerator or freezer to keep food cold. Visit Ready.gov for more on food safety during power outages and other emergencies.


Protecting appliances and other electronic devices during any severe storm is paramount. Contact the Crane Heating and Air Conditioning team at 513-641-4700 to review how to protect appliances during a power outage in a winter storm. To prevent any damages inside a home, it’s best to call before the storm gets too severe.

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