Mexico Power Outages

For those of us living in Mexico or visiting for the long term, planned power outages are something we must expect. In Mexico, utilities are sometimes shut down in anticipation of storm events. Hurricanes, lightning, wind and other risks to the power grid are cheaper to manage through rolling outages rather than repairing blown transformers and downed lines that are active.

The outages are strategic and while inconvenient, they do create a safer environment around sensitive infrastructure. They are also quick in most cases. Outages lasting for an hour or two are common and those lasting longer than a day are rare (but possible).

Preparing for Outages:

While the big resorts and businesses are often geared to run on backup generators, most households are not. Here are a few tips to prepare and manage life without electricity for short periods of time. It’s generally very easy and you can keep food cold and get through without issue.

  • Keep refrigerators and freezers closed. When you open the door, cold air escapes and you risk losing food more quickly. By keeping the door closed, your refrigerator can hold the cold air for a surprisingly long time.
  • Keep battery powered lanterns and backup batteries available for charging and short term power needs.
  • Consider adding solar and a backup battery system to your home. Obviously renters and condo owners won’t have this option. You can run Starlink and a laptop to continue working if needed with a battery, inverter and solar array. It’s not much different than having a camping power supply at home.
  • Keep an emergency supply of dry foods on hand. You can still cook on a gas stove as well. Having rice, canned fish and other non-perishables around is nice when the power goes down.
  • Don’t drive during outages if you don’t absolutely have to. Traffic signals will make driving difficult and it’s safer to wait for the outage to end.

Managing power surging is another thing to consider. As power dims out or turns back on, it can send electrical surges through the system. Use surge protectors as a medium between electronics and appliances and your outlets. They will help to prevent damage when voltage fluctuates. You can also unplug these items until electrical currents stabilize.

Is there a Mexico Power Outage Map?

Many utilities in the United States offer interactive maps that show power outages in real-time. Unfortunately, you will not find a map for this in Mexico. The outages happen without warning and it will simply become a normalized part of life dealing with them. Keep in mind that major storm events are the strongest reason for outages and you can watch the weather to make an educated guess about when they will happen.