During a Storm
- Stay away from down or sagging power lines and any debris that might be entangled with power lines.
- Stay at least 25 feet away from all downed wires and always assume they are “live” and potentially deadly. If you see any downed power lines, Call your local law enforcement agency immediately.
- Don’t touch anything a power line maybe touching; including trees, fences and puddles. A good rule is if you are in a safe location (like your house or car), stay there and then make sure you notify your local authorities.
- Be sure children and pets also maintain a safe distance.
- Don’t attempt to remove limbs or other debris from lines.
- Don’t interfere with utility crews while they are working.
- Keep one light “on” so you’ll know when your electricity has been restored.
- If power is lost, switch electronic devices such as cell phones to a power saving mode and keep all non-essential calls to a minimum to prolong battery life.
- Keep non-essential travel to a minimum, if you are leaving the house, turn the main breaker off. This will reduce the chance of appliance damage and safety problems if power is restored while you’re away.
After a Storm
- Monitor your local radio station or power outage map on your mobile device to get the most current information on estimated restoration times.
- Avoid traveling through storm-damaged areas which could have downed power lines and other hazards, and could slow down the restoration efforts.
- Report downed power lines immediately to the local law enforcement agency
- Be very careful when attempting to clear debris or tree branches, that there are no power lines entangled. Stay far away from fallen or overhead power lines and do not touch anything they are touching.
- If your home loses heat during periods of extreme cold, go to a designated public shelter. To find the nearest emergency shelter in your area, you can use your mobile phone to text SHELTER then your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA), or call 2-1-1 (where available) for sheltering assistance. You can also visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency website from your mobile device, www.FEMA.gov and use its shelter-locating mobile application.
- When it is safe to leave your home, offer to help neighbors who may need special assistance, including infants, the elderly or people with disabilities.
- In some cases, the mast that holds the electric service wires to your home or business may have been damaged or torn away from the home. Utility crews will reconnect the wires to your home, but only a licensed electrician can repair or replace a mast or cable. Do not touch any of the equipment. Only visibly check for damage to your mast from a safe distance, after ensuring there are no downed wires nearby.
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