Power Outage Tips

By : | 2 Comments | On : October 31, 2011 | Category : Events

Power Outage

Hey everyone. I hope the power outage hasn’t treated you all too badly. Jen and I are still without power, so I am typing this on the train on my way to work. Luckily I have access to the gym there, and can grab a shower. According to PPL, it may be 3 more days until power is restored throughout the Lehigh Valley – apparently its expected to take up to Friday to get everything back on in Hellertown. Where we live in Bethlehem, its 11PM on Thursday as well – so basically nothing until Friday. Oi.

Also, remember, these guys are dealing with tons and tons of around-the-clock work, so things MAY get pushed back more. They can do their best, but don’t expect miracles.

For those of you who use PPL, you can get up to date outage information here.

For those of you with Met-Ed, you can get up to date outage information here.

For now, here are some tips to weather the outage.

Power Outage Tips:

  • Remember, if you are at an intersection with no lights, treat it like a four way stop.
  • As for your food, most of the grocery stores have power, though some are running on backups. You may still be able to get ice to keep in your fridge to keep things cold. You can also check beverage distributors for ice.
  • If you have extra cash, you can look at places like Lowes and Home Depot for kerosene/propane heaters.
  • If the temperature is going below freezing, you may want to turn your water main off or you could have pipes burst.
  • Emergency shelters have been opened for those without power at Springhouse Middle School, and Reading High School. Warming centers have been opened at Dieruff High School, and Trexler Middle School.
  • You may want to contact some relatives if you have the option – Jen and I did this saturday but came back in hopes that things would be patched up fairly quickly. We’re probably doing this tonight since our apartment was in the low 40′s.
  • Throw out food that has gotten above 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Water purifiers may not work correctly. Use bottled water – luckily we do have access to working grocery stores at the moment and roads are fairly clear save for lots of downed trees.
  • If you choose to use an outdoor grill to try and heat your home, make sure you have a way to vent the exhaust. At least one person has died so far due to carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • A number of local businesses have opened their doors to customers who need to charge cell phones or hook up laptops. Just make sure you ask before plugging in!
  • Check on your elders!
  • Check out the CDC Website for more tips.

Good luck everyone. Stay warm, and watch after your pipes!


10/31/2011, 10AM – Lehigh County officials have opened a county-wide shelter at Troxell Middle School, located at 2219 N. Cedar Crest Blvd., South Whitehall Township for people without power. No word on Northampton county yet.

10/31/2011, 10AM – Met-Ed will be providing ice and water to customers who are without power in areas that they service. Details available here.

10/31/2011, 10:30AM – According to the Morning Call, the Alburtis fire company is also providing a shelter for those who are affected by the power outages.

10/31/2011, 11:15AM – According to WFMZ, another shelter is being opened at noon today, Located at the Lower Macungie Community Center for township residents. Food will not be served, and people should bring their own blankets.

10/31/2011, 11:15AM – In Bethlehem, the Hispanic Center of the Lehigh Valley at 520 E. Fourth St is opening its doors to senior adults at 2pm today.

10/31/2011, 11:45AM – In Easton, two shelters are being opened for Monday and Tuesday. They are located at the Salvation Army (1110 Northampton Street), and Trinity Episcopal Church (234 Spring Garden Street).

10/31/2011, 11:45AM – In Easton, two shelters are being opened for Monday and Tuesday. They are located at the Salvation Army (1110 Northampton Street), and Trinity Episcopal Church (234 Spring Garden Street).

10/31/2011 12PM – The Allentown Fair Grounds Ag hall has been opened as a warming shelter for people without power and will remain open until all power has been restored.

10/31/2011, 12PM – WFMZ has posted an updated list of all shelters in areas without power, and they can probably keep it better up to date than I can keep this list. Check it out!

10/31/2011, 3:15PM – The Macungie Institute is now open as a shelter for residents without heat. It may not last though.

10/31/2011, 3:15PM – According to the Morning Call, Zion’s Evangelical Lutheran Church is open in upper Milford for anyone without power. Affected people can bring sleeping bags if needed and spend the night. Its address is 5901 Kings Highway South, in Old Zionsville.

10/31/2011, 9PM – In a partnership with PPL, Subway locations in the hardest hit areas will be offering free coffee tomorrow, Tuesday 11/1, from 7-9am. Click here for a PDF of locations.

10/31/2011, 9PM – In a partnership with PPL, free ice, dry ice, and water has been made available. Not a lot of details are available, so you may be best off contacting the location for information. Here is the list of distributors.

11/02/2011, 1PM –  The shelter at the Allentown fairgrounds ag hall has been closed.

11/02/2011, 1PM –  The Bethlehem Township Community Center is offering showers to those in affected areas.


  1. posted by laini on October 31, 2011

    Thank you for this post! This is very helpful. Some people in Easton were just asking if there were any shelters and I didn’t know. Now I do. Thank you!

  2. posted by Matty on October 31, 2011

    My pleasure Laini, and thanks for the comment! How bad is it out in Easton? We’re I know they’re mostly serviced by Met-Ed, and they had a bunch of people out but I haven’t heard anything as concrete as I have about Allentown, Bethlehem, or Emmaus.