EEI is closely monitoring the latest winter storm, which will continue to bring dangerous, inclement weather affecting millions of people. The storm has impacted areas as far West as Texas and it is expected to move through parts of the Southeast and up the Eastern seaboard into New England. A mixture of warm air and below freezing surface temperatures could cause heavy ice across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.
If you live in the forecasted path of the storms, be prepared and be safe.
What you can do now:
- Read EEI’s winter storm safety tips.
- Develop an emergency plan that addresses any special medical needs you or your family members have. Call your local emergency management office to discuss necessary arrangements.
- Have your Emergency Outage Kit stocked and readily available.
- Pay attention to local weather reports on the radio, television, mobile device, or Internet.
- Stock up on non-perishable food, water, medications, and any other necessities to avoid the need for travel during the storm.
- Learn what to do in case of a power outage.
If a severe storm does hit your area:
- Remain indoors.
- Monitor weather bulletins on a battery-powered radio, and monitor the news and social media on your mobile device for updates from your local power company.
- If your power goes out, report your outage immediately to your local electric company. Don’t rely on your neighbors to report your outage.
Severe Weather and Reliability
In addition to customer safety, the electric power industry’s top priority is to provide a reliable supply of on-demand power. Discover how the industry responds to outages caused by severe weather:
Don’t forget to visit your local electric company’s web site for the latest updates and guidance on how to prepare for storms.