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To prepare for a blackout the Cornwall Office of Emergency Management recommends the following:

To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.

Follow energy conservation measures to keep the use of electricity as low as possible, which can help power companies avoid imposing rolling blackouts.


Fill plastic containers with water and place them in the refrigerator and freezer if there is room. Leave about an inch of space inside each one, because water expands as it freezes. This chilled or frozen water will help keep food cold during a temporary power outage, by displacing air that can warm up quickly with water or ice that keeps cold for several hours without additional refrigeration.


Be aware that most medication that requires refrigeration can be kept in a closed refrigerator for several hours without a problem. If unsure, check with your physician or pharmacist.


Keep your car tank at least half full because gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps.

Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage door opener is located and how to operate it. Garage doors can be heavy, so know that you may need help to lift it.


Keep a key to your house with you if you regularly use the garage as the primary means of entering your home, in case the garage door will not open. 

For those with disabilities and other needs:

Call your power company before rolling blackouts occur if you use a battery operated wheelchair, life support system or other power dependent equipment. Many utility companies keep a list and map of the locations of power dependent customers in case of an emergency. Ask them what alternatives are available in your area. Contact the customer service department of your local utility company(ies) to learn if this service is available in your community.


Have an extra battery if you use a motorized wheelchair or scooter. A car battery also can be used with a wheelchair but will not last as long as a wheelchair deep cycle battery. If available, have a lightweight manual wheelchair for backup.


Have a talking or Braille clock or large-print timepiece with extra batteries if you are blind or have a visual disability.


Consider getting a small portable battery operated television set if you are deaf or have a hearing loss. Emergency broadcasts may give information in American Sign Language (ASL) or open captioning.

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