Power outages can range from inconvenient to life threatening, depending on a many factors. Electricity keeps our lights on and our heating and air conditioning systems running. For some, electricity may be a necessity to run medical equipment or to power accessibility equipment. Knowing your dependence level on electricity and having a plan will help you and your family be better prepared during a power outage situation. Should there be a long-term loss of power during high (or very low) temperatures, public shelters may be made available to those in need.