If you are faced with a power outage the first thing NOT to do is panic. If possible call your electric company to check on the status of the outage. Most electric companies have a recording that will give you information on outages in your area and estimated time of restoration.
If you live in an area that is known for having power outages you should have basic supplies on hand. Water, canned food, blankets, flashlights and batteries are some of the basic supplies you should have. Three days worth of supplies is a good idea for emergency preparedness. A generator is another backup supply that is ideal to have on hand. There are several different generators on the market, ranging from low-powered ones that will run a few items to high-powered ones that will run a whole house.
Refrain from opening the freezer and refrigerator unless absolutely necessary. Keeping the doors closed will keep the cold air in and preserve your food longer. Food can normally stay in a refrigerator for up to 24 hours and in a freezer for up to 48 hours. Unplug any items that could be damaged when power is restored. Your television, stereo, computer and microwave our just a few of the items you should make sure are unplugged.
Tip: Leave one light on so you know when the power has been restored.
If you are faced with a power outage that's yours alone. You'll probably need a local electrician. If you're in Atlanta, for instance, you will want to do a few simple things before calling in an Atlanta electrical contractor. First you will want to check if the whole house has lost power or just a section of the house. If only a section of the house has lost power you can normally fix this buy flipping the proper switch on the breaker. If your house is affected by the outage contact your electric company to see if there is some sort of problem on their end.
If you are unable to restore power by flipping the breaker and talking with your electric company you should contact a professional. Messing around with electrical wiring when you are unsure of the issue can be dangerous and sometimes even deadly. A professional Atlanta electrician is your best bet to help you get power back on safely and quickly.