What should my family do during an extended outage?

  • If the power goes out, turn off your electric heating/cooling system
  • Turn off appliances and lights, leaving one light on to signal the restoration of power (preferably a front porch light)
  • Open refrigerators and freezers only as needed
  • After power has been restored, turn on heating/cooling system and appliances one by one over a period of time to minimize the strain on our electric system and to prevent cold-load pick-up problems
  • Report all damage in your community. If you cannot get through to us, it may be because others in your area are calling to report damage.
  • Listen to local radio stations for updates
  • If the weather is extreme, seek shelter if possible