Power outages, also called “blackouts” or “brownouts” are one of the most common interruptions to businesses. A short-lived power outage may be a small inconvenience, but a prolonged blackout can impact business operations and your bottom line. Prepare an emergency plan and supply kit to help get you through a blackout. Also, prepare a plan with your property maintenance company to get your building back up and running properly in a timely manner.
Power outages can occur anywhere, anytime for various reasons; it is important to always be prepared. A good emergency kit includes plenty of batteries, flashlights, two-way radios, bottled water, and first aid supplies.
Take steps to protect your business and operations:
Back up files and operating systems regularly
Have backup power supply for any critical equipment or operation systems
Have extra fuses for critical machinery
Keep battery or crank-operated flashlights and radios
Keep heating fuel on hand, in case outage is widespread or long-term
In the event of a prolonged power outage, in the Twin Cities area, keep yourself and your property secure and contact property management.
Turn off any appliances or equipment that were on when the power went out
Leave on one light so you know when power is restored
Avoid driving as traffic lights may be out and roads may be congested
Carbon monoxide kills–use generators or camp stoves in well-ventilated areas
Use food from freezer or refrigerator first, before it spoils
If you have been without electricity for an extended period of time, contact your property management company in Minneapolis or St. Paul, as your property may need extra attention as operations return to normal. Check water and food safety, and reset any timers, alarms, and equipment affected by the blackout.
If you would like even more information on or assistance with power outages in the Twin Cities, call Building Maintenance Management at 763-541-4886 or you can Contact Us.