NELA Living Blog by Emilie Broughton

Losing Electricity for More Than a Day


The average American has experienced about 2 hours of power interruption each
year since 2013, when major weather events are excluded. In 2020 the average was
8 hours of lost power per household, when extreme weather events like hurricanes
and tornadoes are factored in. How can you be prepared?

  • Plan for the worst. In advance of a severe storm, make sure all essential
    devices are fully charged, your gas tank is full and you have flashlights with
    functional batteries placed strategically around your home. Place medicines,
    first-aid items, bottled water, and ready-to-eat foods where they’ll be easy to
  • Avoid opening the refrigerator or freezer as much as possible to deter
  • Consider a generator. A portable generator typically costs between $400 and
    $1,500, while installing a stand-alone generator capable of powering your
    entire home will cost at least $3,000.
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