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Public health issues related to summertime blackouts
  • Published Date:
    August 15, 2003
  • Language:
    English
Filetype[PDF - 207.56 KB]


Details:
  • Corporate Authors:
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)
  • Series:
    Safety in a power outage
  • Description:
    Personal preparation for blackouts is similar to preparation for natural disasters. We recommend that people develop an emergency plan that includes a disaster supply kit. This kit should include enough water, food, and emergency supplies for at least 3 days. Details on emergency plans and supply kits can be found at www.ready.gov.

    Heat is the major public health problem related to blackouts for two reasons:

    • Extreme heat causes most summertime blackouts

    • In a blackout, the main public health intervention for heat-related illness (air conditioning) is unavailable – this represents “a disaster within a disaster”

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