Contingency Planning for Power Outages



It cannot be stressed how dangerous a sudden power outage is. In fact, it has been found that almost half of the declared disasters that happened in England in a year were triggered by these power outages. Now can you imagine such scenario in the Philippines? In a largely tropical country, chances are these incidents of power failure can be a trigger to events of more disastrous nature and effect.


To avoid catastrophic happenings due to unexpected power failures, make sure you have a contingency plan to back you up. Here’s how to make one.


  • Understand the system


First things first, analyze the current layout and system of the facility – understand the electrical distribution and flow of electricity within the area, see if the system is too complex, and check out the latest wiring documentation. Also, recognize the manner of how the main components are connected. Special systems and power protection devices should also be disclosed, as well as voltage of the equipment. Locations of particular components should also be stated. Knowing all of this beforehand can help you formulate a contingency plan suited to your facility’s system.

  • Understand your company’s business critical loads


There’s no denying that one of the most affected sector when power supply gets cut out is the business sector. In every business, there are tasks or loads which require emergency power, depending on the type of business. The next thing step is to identify these tasks and find out the power sources crucial to these tasks and label them so that in the event of a power outage, these areas are prioritized.


  • Understand the kind of emergency power your company needs


Again, depending on the nature of your company, the need for an emergency power supply depends on the nature of your company.  If the power failure lasts less than an hour, uninterruptible power supply (UPS) may be able to do the work given that it has been properly maintained. If in any case the power outage continues for more than an hour, there is now a need for emergency generators. In the nature of the business, if it is indeed a matter of importance to maintain power regardless of the length of blackout, your company should definitely consider installing permanent generators for emergency. If it is in everyone’s best interest to do so, talk to us over at


  • Connect the generators immediately.


Sudden power outages can be quite frequent so make sure that once your business have opted to purchase or rent a generator, connect it immediately to the system. Make sure to hire a licensed electrical engineer or electrician to get the work done.


  • Assure that the generators are working, especially when needed


To ensure this, regular testing must be done. Therefore, testing procedures must be established and used every single time a testing is to be performed. When testing, assume that the generator is under actual circumstances and with full load if there is any possibility to it.


A successful power outage contingency plan should be able to carry your business through without any hitch.


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