Power outages have been reported in parts of Carlsbad. For outage information, check the SDG&E outage map on its website or call 800-411-7343.
If you see downed or broken power lines, stay clear, and do not touch them. Immediately call 9-1-1.
Use flashlight rather than candle for light.
Unplug or turn off TVs, stereos and game systems.
Leave one light on so you know when power is restored.
Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home or garage.
Minimize the opening of refrigerator and freezer doors. You want to keep in the cold air and prevent food spoilage.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if the power is out for less than four hours, then the food in your refrigerator and freezer will be safe to consume, assuming the doors have remained closed so that the cold air did not escape. While the power is out, keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to keep food cold for longer.
If the power is out for longer than four hours, follow the guidelines below:
Always keep meat, poultry, fish, and eggs refrigerated at or below 40 °F and frozen food at or below 0 °F. Keep a food thermometer and an appliance thermometer on hand to check temperatures. Discard any perishable food (such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and leftovers) that have been above 40 °F for two hours.
For the freezer section: A freezer that is half full will hold food safely for up to 24 hours. A full freezer will hold food safely for 48 hours. Do not open the freezer door if you can avoid it.
For the refrigerated section: Pack milk, other dairy products, meat, fish, eggs, gravy, and spoilable leftovers into a cooler surrounded by ice, possible.
Preparing for Power Outages
Here are some things you can do to prepare for future power outages:
Find flashlights, battery powered radios, telephones that do not depend on electricity and batteries on hand.
Keep devices fully charged, and consider getting a quick charging device to have on hand.
During a severe storm, when power outages are more likely, consider stocking up on ice or dry ice to keep food from spoiling.
Tell your power company if you use oxygen- or mechanical ventilation. Be very clear about what you can expect from them in a power outage.
Plan for how to keep medications cold if the power goes out. A small cooler with ice can be used.
If you cannot be without power, plan for how you will obtain power backup. If possible, have backup battery, generator, solar or alternate electrical resources. Explore newer solutions, and also consider foot pumps and other simple tools that might suffice when nothing else works.
Purchase extra batteries for power wheelchairs or other battery-operated medical or assistive technology devices. Keep the batteries trickle charged at all times. Find out if you can charge your wheelchair or devices from a car or using rechargeable marine batteries. Make sure you assemble what you’ll need in advance.
Backup chargers for a cell phone could include a hand-crank USB cell phone emergency charger, a solar charger, or a battery pack. Some weather radios have a built in hand crank charger.
Backup chargers for a laptop or tablet could include a 12V USB adapter that plugs into a car, an inverter, or a battery jump pack with an USB port.
Receive important information on a cell phone or smart phone. Sign up for emergency emails and text messages on your cell phone from your local government alert system.
Plan how you are going to receive emergency information if you are unable to use a television, radio or computer. This may include having an adaptive weather alert system to alert you in the event of severe weather.
For more information about what to do during a power outage, visit the SDG&E website.