Also Consider

  • Keep flashlights charged or have spare batteries on hand;
  • Install surge protector power bars for sensitive appliances and equipment. This is essential for your computers;
  • Ensure wired-in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors have a battery back-up;
  • Consider installing an alarm to notify you of a power outage when you are away from the barn (can notify you via your cell phone);
  • Turn off all tools, appliances and electronic equipment that are not essential. Power can be more easily restored when there is not a heavy load on the electrical system;
  • Do not close buildings tight to conserve heat as animals could suffocate from lack of oxygen;
  • Open vents to facilitate natural air flow. Clear any debris from all vents; and
  • When power is restored, switch on the main electrical panel. After 10 to 15 minutes, reconnect other electrical equipment and appliances.