MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS -- An unexpected power outage can occur for any number of reasons, causing unforeseen consequences. Without electricity, people may become more susceptible to extreme temperatures and experience a shortage of clean water and fresh food. In the event of a power outage, one must be prepared to manage without power for an extended period of time.
“It is very important to have a plan because in the event of a natural or man-made disaster occurring you’ll be ready,” said J. Luis Aguirre, installation emergency management specialist, G-7 Mission Assurance. “The point that we try to drive home to everybody is that being prepared can make a huge difference in the outcome of a situation.”
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, extreme heat is the cause of most summertime blackouts and the best way to prepare is to develop an emergency plan that includes a disaster supply kit.
“We live in California and we’re all susceptible to power outages because of the earth quakes and other natural disasters,” said Gary Morrissett, base energy manager, Public Works Department. “It doesn’t really take a lot for a whole area to lose power and you can never tell when you’re going to be without power for an extended period of time so it’s always good to have the basics whenever something like that happens.”
When preparing for or dealing with a power outage it is important to; use flashlights for light instead of candles, throw out any food that has been exposed to temperatures higher than 40 degrees for two hours or more, turn off the electrical equipment that was on when the power went out, drink and use bottled, boiled or treated water, and try not to open the freezer or refrigerator too much; a full freezer can keep food for up to 48 hours.
“What we accomplished this month is we created a basic foundation on which we can build for a more resilient community,” Aguirre said. “I don’t think taking just one month out of the year is sufficient enough when it comes to staying prepared. I think being proactive, trying to educate ourselves and learn more is what will ultimately make the difference."
An information booth will be set up at the main exchange today at 10 a.m. For additional information on how to prepare for or respond to a power outage, or any other natural or man-made incident, visit www.ready.marines.mil or contact the G-7 Mission Assurance branch at 830-1884.