Be Prepared For Hurricane Season
With the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season starting on June 1, the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) wants to remind you to prepare now for storms and other emergency situations. Taking simple steps now to get ready for emergencies in your home, business, and community can pay great dividends if, and when, an emergency actually occurs.
What you can do now:
- Read EEI’s hurricane-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.
- Know all evacuation routes if you live close to the coast. If you or anyone you know has special needs in case of evacuation, contact your local emergency management office. Find the phone number at www.FEMA.gov.
- Pay attention to local weather reports on the radio, television, or Internet.
- Stock up on non-perishable food, water, medications, and any other necessities such as infant supplies to avoid the need for travel during the storm. If called to evacuate, do so immediately.
- Learn what to do in case of a power outage.
If a severe storm does hit your area:
- Stay in a secure room and away from windows. Remain indoors.
- Monitor weather bulletins on a battery-powered radio.
- Turn off power to flood-prone basement appliances if it is safe to do so. However, if using an electrically operated sump pump, you should not turn off the power.
- If using a personal generator, please take all recommended precautions. Never use a generator inside your home, garage, crawl space, other enclosed areas, or anywhere exhaust fumes can enter into enclosed spaces. Fatal, odorless fumes can build up quickly and opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent CO buildup in the home.
- Stay away from downed power lines and always treat fallen wires and anything touching them as though they are energized. Immediately report downed lines to your electric 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.
For more hurricane safety and preparation tips, visit the National Hurricane Survival Initiative.