Power Outage Preparedness

Okanogan County Public Utility District
Report an outage: 509-422-3310 or 800-922-7011

Okanogan County Electric Co-op
Report an outage: 509-996-2228

Nespelem Valley Electric Co-op
Report an outage: 509-634-4571

  • Sign up for Okanogan County Alert System
  • Inventory the items you need that rely on electricity.
  • Determine whether your home phone will work in a power outage.
  • Plan for batteries and other alternatives to meet your needs.
  • Keep mobile phones and other electric equipment charged and gas tanks full.
  • Review your power outage kit supply:
    • Flashlights
    • Batteries
    • Water
    • Nonperishable food

  • Check your breakers to ensure it's not isolated to your panel.
  • Check on your neighbors.
  • STAY AWAY from downed power lines or broken poles.
  • DO NOT attempt to remove fallen trees or branches tangled in power lines.
  • Be careful with candles and other open flames.
  • Keep freezers and refrigerators closed. The refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours. A full freezer will keep temperature for about 48 hours.
  • Generators:
    • ONLY use generators outdoors and away from windows!
    • Never try to power your house wiring by plugging the generator into a wall outlet. This can lead to the electrocution of utility workers or neighbors served by the same utility transformer.
  • Have alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or using power-dependent medical devices.
  • Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges.
  • Do NOT use a gas stove to hear your home.

  • Food - When in doubt, throw it out!
    • Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperature 40 degrees or higher for two hours or more, or that has an unusual odor, color, or texture.
  • Medication - If the power is out for more than a day, discard any medication that should be refrigerated, unless the drug's label says otherwise.
    • If a life depends on the refrigerated drugs, consult a doctor or pharmacist and use medicine only until a new supply is available.
FEMA Power Outage Preparedness