Orange County residents rely on working utilities for everyday living and working, so the ability to function without electric power, water and/or gas if necessary is vital. Power outages often occur during the summer months, when customer demand reaches its peak.
Water contamination, drought, gas leaks, and telephone service disruptions are other utility-related hazards that must be addressed. While utility disruptions can be dangerous, their effects can be averted or diminished when proper precautions are taken.
- Download a power outage checklist and blackout safety tips at the American Red Cross.
- Get blackout tips to keep your family safe at Ready.gov’s Blackout section.
- Find out how blackouts work and why they happen at How Stuff Works.
- Watch Frontline’s investigation into the California power crisis at PBS.
- Learn what food to save and what to toss during a power outage at FoodSafety.gov.