Power Outages, Cold Weather and the Flu

January 15, 2013

By Allison Boccamazzo - Director of Brand Strategy

You probably already know where this is headed. When Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast last October, it was almost immediately followed with an equally powerful Nor’easter. This left hundreds of residents in badly affected areas such as New Jersey turning to desperate measures to stay warm. Now translate that scenario but factor it in during primetime flu season. Clearly, losing power is the last thing you want in the middle of January for even a few hours during one of the worst flu seasons we’ve had in a while.

Since September of 2012, about 22,000 cases of the flu have already been reported. Just to put that into perspective for you, that’s about 26 times more than what was experienced that time last year, with only 850 cases. Boasting a meek average temperature of 29 degrees in the city of Boise, Idaho, many citizens are not happy campers in this highly contagious time of the year while also suffering harsh, winter temperatures.

It was reported yesterday that approximately 15,000 residents in Eastern Idaho awoke with no power – and remained without it. Some even had to go without power, heat or electricity for up to five hours. “With temperatures below freezing, losing power can be miserable,” a local Idaho news outlet reported.

If that was their only worry, however, then they’d be in much better shape. Sicknesses – especially the flu – already dwell in many thanks to the typical winter season, but for somebody who already has a case of the sniffles, these freezing temperatures are far from likely to help.

"In the event of something longer term, a day or two, in the extreme temperatures that we are seeing, we would encourage people and I would assume that communities would set up shelters, warm places for people to go, maybe through red cross or churches," stated Lynnette Berriochia, Idaho Power spokesperson. “Even a couple hours can make a big difference to stay comfortably until the power is restored,” she continued.

So please, do yourself a favor during this flu and winter season (and ultimately, year-round), and invest in some powerful and reliable power protection solutions. To get a head start, click here.

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Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli

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