Lifeline Failure on the Coromandel Lifelines are the utility organisations and companies that provide the essential services to your home and community. A failure of one or more of these utilities can occur as a result of any type of natural disaster. Think about what you would do at home or at work if there is no power, no phones, no water or no internet? What warning will there be? The most common warning of a lifeline outage is bad weather. How do I get prepared? Think about what you would do if there is no power, no phones, no water or no internet? Make sure you have extra water, food and torches. Visit the Get Ready page and make a plan.