8 Tips To Help You Deal With A Monsoon Blackout

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8 Tips To Help You Deal With A Monsoon Blackout

Monsoon Storm

Photo courtesy David Flam

  1. Turn off or disconnect any appliances, equipment (like air conditioners) or electronics (like TV, stereo) you were using when the power went out. When power comes back on, it may come back with momentary "surges" or "spikes" that can damage equipment such as computers and motors in appliances like the air conditioner, refrigerator, washer.
  2. Leave one light turned on so you'll know when your power returns.
  3. Leave the doors of your refrigerator and freezer closed to keep your food as fresh as possible. If you must eat food that was refrigerated or frozen, check it carefully for signs of spoilage.
  4. Do not call 9-1-1 for information, only call to report a life-threatening emergency.
  5. Eliminate unnecessary travel, especially by car. Washes and ravines often flood and traffic signals will stop working during an outage, creating traffic congestion.
  6. If it is hot outside, take steps to remain cool. Move to the lowest level of your home, as cool air falls.
  7. Drink plenty of water, even if you do not feel thirsty. If the heat is intense and the power may be off for a long time, consider going to a movie theater or shopping mall.
  8. Remember to provide plenty of fresh, cool water for your pets.

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Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Great tips, Nancy.  From the sounds of the forecast, some of us may experience this very thing this week. 

Aug 19, 2012 06:46 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Hi Nancy..... that's one very angry sky....never heard of the term monsoon black out....

Aug 19, 2012 06:48 AM #2
Paula McDonald ~ GRI
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

That's an amazing pic of the sky Nancy.  I hadn't heard the term "monsoon blackout".  I know you can get some crazy weather in AZ.  Those sand storms that you get can be pretty scary.

Aug 19, 2012 08:25 AM #3
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Nancy, some great ideas to prepare for those times when no longer take electricity for granted.  Indeed protect those valuable appliances and be ready for a long stretch without power.

Aug 19, 2012 10:37 AM #4
Nancy Laswick
United Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ
Your REALTOR® For The Valley Of The Sun

Thanks Juli, I hope we don't black out but I did see some storms in next weeks forecast.

Hi Barbara, our monsoon storms are usually accompanied by high winds and sometimes flash flooding so blackouts are a very real result.

Paula, yep we're all about the drama during monsoon season. :-)

John, it's always such a shock, (pun intended), when we loose our electricity, we really do take it for granted.

Aug 19, 2012 12:22 PM #5
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