Every day, the United States consumes a vast amount of energy. This energy dependence augments the threat of a catastrophic power failure given that even temporary or minor failures interrupt critical economic, communication, and security systems. These resources serve to build energy resilience among IHEs and to ensure their preparedness for extended power failures.
The resources in this section provide useful information related to a Power Failure incident. The resources are organized according to the relevant Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Mission Area:
Preparedness (Prevention, Protection, Mitigation)
- Prevention: This mission area focuses on the ability to avoid, prevent, or stop an imminent threat.
- Protection: This mission area focuses on the ability to secure and protect a community against a variety of threats and hazards.
- Mitigation: This mission area focuses on the ability to reduce the loss of life and property by lessening the impact of a disaster.
Power Failure Safeguards
This resource helps inform and prepare campus facilities management in order to minimize the impact of an unplanned power outage.
Inspection and Testing of Emergency Generators
This resource provides guidelines for generator inspection and testing.
Campus Safety Begins with Power Protection
This resource discusses the importance of defending security systems from power failure.
Power Outage Safety
This webpage outlines what steps to take before, during, and after a power outage.
State and local Energy Assurance Planning
This webpage provides products and tools to support the energy emergency response activities of State and local officials.
Local Government Energy Assurance Planning
This website provides key information and resources for the creation of community energy assurance plans.
This mission area focuses on the ability to save lives, protect property and the environment, as well as meet the basic needs of a community during a disaster.
Loss of Electrical Power - Incident Response Guide
This response guide includes steps healthcare facility staff can take to maintain emergency power systems, patient care and safety, operations and clinical services, and other functions during a power outage.
This mission area focuses on the ability to assist communities in recovering effectively following a disaster.
Please see the "All" category for resources that encompass the Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Mission Areas.
Resources that fall into the "All" category contain useful information and guidance that is relevant to all FEMA Mission Areas.
How to Prepare for a Power Failure in a Lab
This resource discusses what to do before, during, and after a power failure in a lab.
This webpage provides basic safety tips and explains what actions to take before, during, and after a power outage.
Community Guidelines for Energy Emergencies
The Department of Energy offers resources and guidance to help local leaders and community members recover power, fuel, and natural gas more quickly and protect their communities from future energy disasters.
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