Get information on local power outages by contacting the local utility company by telephone or on its website. Also, listen to local radio for emergency updates or check the company's Twitter, Facebook and other social media.
Every area of the country is serviced by various electric utility companies. The name and contact information of the utility company can be found online, on one of the monthly bills or in a local phone book. It is a good idea to keep the contact information on-hand if the power does go out.
Check to make sure the power is not out only in an individual building. Pacific Power utility company recommends checking and flipping all the breakers to see if the problem is in the unit's power box. If not, check to see if power is on in the area.
Many utility companies have information and even a map on their websites that show where large-scale outages are located and the projected time of repair. Some companies also have a service that calls customers with updates on the power outage. Call the local power company to find out what services it offers during an outage.
Power outages can be caused by weather, faulty or malfunctioning equipment, and accidents and power supply shortages, among other things. People with disabilities or health issues who depend on electricity should contact their utility company for special programs and assistance.