Outage Center Resources
Outage Center Resources
Business outage preparedness tips
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Business outage checklists
See our business outage planning checklist for best practices on:
- Developing an outage plan
- Preparing your employees
- Knowing your equipment
- Staying informed during a power outage
- Making an emergency kit
Bonus: Get our business backup power checklist .
5 ways to prepare your business for outages
The basic supplies and preventative measures below will help you prepare your business for an unexpected loss of electricity.
- View the power outage map to see outages in our service area and report an outage.
- Sign up for text or email business outage alerts and weather notifications in My Account.
- Create a business continuity plan with key employees, considering the impact of service disruption. Define roles and responsibilities in the plan and make sure everyone is trained.
- Determine the processes and equipment that would be affected by an outage such as key electrical equipment, alarm systems, elevators, lighting, AC units, etc. See more planning tips.
- Maintain an inventory of all equipment used by your business. Identify critical equipment and determine what needs to be turned off during an outage.
- Make sure mobile devices are fully-charged at all times.
- Locate your electrical supply panels and know how to shut-off equipment power switches.
- Consider a back-up power source such as a portable generator.
- If you have an emergency lighting system, make sure it's in good working order.
- Contact your customers and suppliers and share your plans with them in advance.
- Set up an off-site meeting location in case you have to evacuate the workplace.
To protect your business when the power's out, assemble emergency supplies ahead of time and keep them accessible and secure. Inform all personnel where to find them and assign someone to be responsible for maintaining supplies. Include the following items.
- Floor plan of your business marked with emergency shutoffs for gas, electricity, water, controls for security alarm and fire-suppression system
- Emergency phone numbers, including SRP's outage number: (602) 236-8833.
- Flashlights and extra batteries
- First-aid kit
- Basic tools
- Battery-powered radio or TV and extra batteries
- Car adaptors/chargers for cell phones, laptops or tablets
If you plan to use a portable generator during power outages, here are important safety precautions.
- Always follow the manufacturer's instructions when using a generator.
- Only use generators in well-ventilated areas and always operate it outside. Gasoline powered generators produce carbon monoxide and the fumes can be deadly.
- Connect equipment directly into the generator using heavy-duty, properly grounded extension cords. Make sure extension cords are not frayed or worn.
- Never connect a generator to your building's wiring. Improperly connected generators can feed electricity back into the system, endangering the lives of workers trying to restore power.
For more information on how to safely respond to both safety and maintenance outages, watch our outage safety video playlist below.
Thank you to all who attended our Power Up: Business Outage Preparedness workshops! You can Download the presentation on the SRP Business Resource center.