Natural hazards like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes, as well as man-made hazards like industrial accidents and acts of terrorism, can knock out power, cause fuel shortages, and disrupt natural gas service, putting our lives on hold.
After a disaster strikes, government officials and energy companies must first make sure that critical infrastructure facilities like power plants are operating, and that emergency responders, medical professionals, and critical care facilities have the energy supplies they need to operate.
While these government and industry groups initially focus on critical facilities, homeowners, business owners, and local leaders may have to take an active role in dealing with energy disruptions on their own. The Department of Energy offers resources and guidance that can help you, when possible, recover power, fuel, and natural gas more quickly, and protect your homes, businesses, and communities from future energy disasters.
Disclaimer: Because every emergency is different, it is important for your safety that you follow the directives of your state and local emergency management authorities and local utilities. The information provided on DOE's website is intended for general informational purposes only and is not an endorsement of any particular material or service. Before engaging in any activities that could impact utility services such as electricity or natural gas, contact your local utility to ensure that the activities are done safely.
For additional emergency-planning resources, visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency's website, ready.gov. State and local emergency management authorities and local utilities may also provide helpful guidance.
Energy Emergency Guidelines
- Homeowners Respond to Power Outages
- Homeowners Respond to Fuel Shortages
- Homeowners Respond to Natural Gas Disruptions
- Business Owners Prepare a Business Recovery Plan
- Business Owners Prepare for Utility Disruptions
- Business Owners Prepare for Fuel Shortages
- Business Owners Respond to an Energy Emergency
- Local Leaders Prepare for an Energy Emergency
- Local Leaders Respond to an Energy Emergency
- Local Leaders Respond to Fuel Shortages
- Local Leaders Respond to Natural Gas Disruptions
Using Backup Generators
- General Safety and Usage Guidelines
- Choosing the Right Backup Generator
- Alternative Backup Power Options
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
- FEMA Publications
- FEMA Disaster Assistance
- Local Government Energy Assurance Planning (LEAP)
- National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO)
- National Response Framework
- Executive Order: Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change
- State and Local Energy Assurance Planning
- New Reports & Other Materials
- Quick Links to Featured Reports
Comments or Questions?
Email us at EnergyReady@hq.doe.gov.