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.
A power outage may:
Disrupt communications, water and transportation.
Close retail businesses, grocery stores, gas stations, ATMs, banks and other services.
Cause food spoilage and water contamination.
Prevent use of medical devices.
Preparing for a Power Outage
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.