Staying informed during a power outage will help you stay safe and understand how officials are responding.

  • Listen closely to reports from officials and energy suppliers with battery-operated radios, computers, mobile phones, and other mobile devices. Newspapers and local media reports are other tools. Officials and energy suppliers should communicate basic information about what to do during an emergency and the status of restoration efforts.
  • Subscribe to text alert services from government officials, which will include disaster alerts.
  • Keep a list of emergency, family, and work contacts.
  • Refer to Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sites for official information from emergency management agencies, such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
  • Refer to resources such as the Automobile Association of America (AAA) and for information about gasoline and diesel fuel prices.

Disclaimer: Because every emergency is different and for your safety, follow the guidance from your state and local emergency management authorities and local utility companies. The information provided on the U.S. Department of Energy’s website is for general information and not an endorsement of any particular material or service. Before you engage in activities that could impact utility services, such as electricity or natural gas, contact your local utility company to ensure that your activities are done safely.

For additional resources, visit or State and local emergency management authorities and local utility companies may also provide helpful guidance.