Storm & Emergency Preparedness

A storm, natural disaster or emergency can happen at any time. Be ready.

Assemble or restock your emergency supply kit

Emergency/outage kit
  • Bottled water – one gallon per person per day
  • Non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Blankets
  • First aid kit
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener
  • Medications
  • Copies of important documents

Have cash on hand and keep your vehicle's gas tank at least half full.

Learn how to override your electric garage door opener.

Review safety rules for portable generators, if you own one.

If someone in your house is on life support, have a backup plan.

Stay connected

Download our free mobile app to report an outage and check restoration status.
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You can text us about your power outage. Simply text OUT to 722797 to report an outage. Text STAT to 722797 to check the status of your outage.

Make sure your cell phone number is listed on your account with us (log in to check). This will speed service, enabling you to quickly report a power outage and get updates.

Learn ways to make your cell phone last longer if you aren't able to charge it for a few days.

Be safe

Stay away from all downed power lines and utility lines. Even if the lines are not sparking, they could be energized and extremely dangerous.  

Make a family emergency plan

Consider a plan in which each family member calls, emails or texts the same out-of-state friend or relative in the event of an emergency. See sample plan (PDF)

Build and maintain contact lists and social networks. This way, you can stay informed and communicate with your friends and family.

Businesses, develop a readiness plan

The plan should outline how you and your employees respond if a disaster occurs during work hours. As part of your plan, mark the location of your electrical supply panels and note how to turn off power.