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With engine on, do you hear any squealing as if a belt is slipping?
Not sure of the layout on this model or what engine you have. With engine off and flashlight in hand, look at each belt and see what pulleys they run too. The engine crankshaft pulley (a ganged set of pulleys) powers all the other pulleys via a belt(s).
If a belt(s) is broken or off the pulley, look down at the pulleys and see which pulleys align with each other and the crank. The installed belt should not be curving forward or back (for lack of words) as it runs to other pulleys.
Sometimes the A/C and alternator are on the same belt, PS on a separate belt. The water pump could also be turned by an exposed belt, don’t know. Make sure the engine is not overheating because the water pump is not turning.
If the PS is not working and the alternator light (battery light is on) chances are this or these belts are the ones affected.
The A/C pulley should turn with A/C on or off. Turning the A/C on engages a magnetic clutch with connects the turning pulley to the A/C compressor.
If the belts are on the pulleys check the belts for tension. The belts need to have tension on them to be able to grip the other pulleys and turn them.
If the problem is not obvious start the engine and see if the crank pulley(s) are turning and if so why the other pulley(s) are not moving. Suggest wearing safely glasses as belts can and have flown off and hit people.
If the alternator light is on, the battery is not being charged. The headlights and every other electrical item such as fuel pump and ignition system is being powered by the battery. Sooner or later the battery will discharge to a point nothing will work. If you are going to have a shop fix the car, drive it straight there with the lights off and minimize electrical power usage such as heater fan, radio, etc.
Replacing belts is a straightforward job any mechanic (shop) should be able to do. If you have the time, you can do this yourself.