When the Power Goes Off

When the Power Goes off — Don’t Panic.
Remember that people lived without electricity for many years and did quite nicely. If you planned ahead — put your plan into operation. If you didn’t, just follow these simple steps and you will be able to handle the emergency.

In the Dark
If it’s nighttime, locate those candles or kerosene lamps and light them. You will be able to see what you’re doing, and circumstances will seem less threatening.

Look to see if their lights are off. If not, the problem might be confined to your home.

Try it. It may be working because the telephone system is operated on a separate electrical circuit.

Fuses and Breakers
Check them. If they are okay and your telephone is working, call Murfreesboro Electric Department. Give your address and phone number and tell us how long the power has been off.

Stay away from downed power lines. Make sure that no one, especially children, goes near them. Even lines that look harmless can be very dangerous. Just note the location and call Murfreesboro Electric Department immediately.

Electric Appliances
Turn off all the ones that were on, especially heat pumps, air-conditioners, and electric heating. That will prevent Murfreesboro Electric’s system from being overloaded when power is restored. Leave a light on so you’ll know when service is back on.

Turn on your battery-operated portable radio to WGNS AM 1450 and listen for messages from your electric company. If possible, call your neighbors and find out if they have information about the emergency.

Your Power-Outage Emergency Kit

  • This guide from MED: Click here for downloadable .pdf
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Glow-in-the-dark sticks
  • A lantern
  • Matches
  • Wind-up clock
  • Portable radio
  • Mylar blanket
  • Can opener


Downed power lines are extremely dangerous. Stay at least 20 feet away from any downed lines.

Be Prepared
When the Power Goes Off
Keeping Warm
Heaters and Generators
Keeping Cool
Food and Water
First Aid and the Elderly
When the Power is Back On

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