Severe storms are on the rise. When they meet our outdated electric power infrastructure, the result is often widespread power outages. The time to prepare is before severe weather hits. Backup power is one way to provide for your family when the weather turns particularly nasty.

winter-stormThunderstorms can produce hail, wind gusts, heavy rain and lightning, causing flash flooding, wind damage, fallen trees, downed utility lines and widespread power outages.

  • Listen to a NOAA battery-operated weather radio for critical information from the National Weather Service.
  • If thunder roars, go indoors! If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be in danger of lightning. Stay inside at least 30 minutes after the last thunder clap.
  • Avoid using electrical equipment and telephones. Use battery powered TVs and radios instead.
  • Metal pipes conduct electricity. Do not take a bath, shower or use plumbing.
  • Shutter windows if possible, close doors and keep away from windows.
  • Unplug all appliances, including air conditioning, before the storm hits.
  • If youIf you are driving, try to safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle, turn on your emergency flashers and avoid touching metal surfaces. are outside, take shelter, avoid high ground, high trees and metal buildings.