According to the U.S. Department of Energy, power outages cost businesses $100 billion a year.
Here are some tips on what to do before, during and after a power outage to prepare your employees and reduce downtime.
Before the Lights Go Out
- Know the location of the main breaker switch.
- Provide your employees with emergency flashlights.
- Determine which equipment will be affected.
- Plug computers, phones and security systems into surge protectors.
- Prepare a list of equipment that will need to be reset when the power is restored.
- Back up your data off-site and test your backup systems regularly.
- Keep a generator and fuel on hand.
- Plan to reroute business calls to employee cellphones.
- Contact your disaster recovery vendor about a mobile solution for long-term outages.
During a Power Outage
- Use your backup power source for emergency power.
- Place generators in well-ventilated areas, as they can be a major cause of carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Call your disaster recovery vendor to declare a disaster.
- Relocate your employees to mobile recovery trailers.
- Stay updated on how long the outage will last and estimate your recovery needs.
After a Power Outage
- Refer to your previously prepared checklist and reset equipment.
- Wait 10 to 15 minutes before reconnecting other equipment to avoid overloading the electrical system.
- Check your facility of make sure everyone is accounted for and equipment is operating correctly.
- Review your preparedness plan to determine what worked and what areas needed improvement.
The key to recovering from a power outage is knowing what to do when the lights go out. For more tips, check out our hurricane preparedness checklist.