Power Outage Problems

Mon., Aug 18, 2003 --- Last Thursday afternoon the largest blackout in North American history hit the Northeast, the Midwest, and parts of Canada. The blackout has been felt by MedicineNet in a number of ways. For one thing, the number of medical news reports we receive every weekday from Reuters dwindled to a veritable handful last Friday and today. We have selected three of the few available stories.

For another thing, the power outage got us to thinking about what kinds of practical steps all of us might take to prepare for and cope with such a situation should it recur in the future. We assembled the following information. It is largely adapted from the CDC and the United States Department of Agriculture. We hope it may be useful (and will not prove necessary).

For additional information please visit the following MedicineNet.com areas:

  • Power outage preparations 
  • Power outage and the heat  
  • Power outage drinking water safety 
  • Power outage food safety 
  • Power outage work safety
  • Food Poisoning Center
  • First Aid Center

Barbara K. Hecht, Ph.D.
Frederick Hecht, M.D.
Medical Editors, MedicineNet.com

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