September is National Preparedness Month, and although Idaho Power keeps the lights on 99.9% of the time, the energy company reminds everyone to prepare for the unexpected. With the continued potential for late-summer storms and fall weather around the corner, power outages are always possible.
Prepare by assembling a home emergency outage kit that includes flashlights, blankets, bottled water and canned food. Also ensure you know how to manually open and close garage doors and security gates, and have a plan for any unique needs such as medical supplies or well water.
Download the company’s free mobile app to sign up for outage-related push notifications, view the outage map and track your power status. The outage map is also available at idahopower.com/outage. You can also sign up to receive outage alerts for your residence through Idaho Power’s My Account.
If the power does go out, avoid opening fridge and freezer doors so your food stays cold longer.