Summer storms can swirl up quickly, causing thunder, lightning, strong winds, hail and even flooding. These conditions can be inconvenient – and also dangerous. When severe weather hits, a reliable plan is your best defense. Make sure your family is ready:
- Create a family disaster supply kit with non-perishable food, water, a battery-operated radio, flashlights, a first aid kit, a non-electric can opener, medicines and cash.
- Add portable, rechargeable cell phone power banks to your emergency preparedness kit, and charge them before a storm hits.
- Locate the safest areas in your home for each kind of severe weather threat, often a first-floor interior hallway, room or closet with no windows. If you live in a mobile home, the safest areas may not be inside your home; please designate an accessible safe place.
- Develop an evacuation plan, identifying the safest routes and closest shelters, while also considering areas that are flood-prone and may be impassible during a severe weather event.
- Plan how to contact relatives in an emergency, and remember your pets when planning for possible evacuation. Not all emergency shelters allow pets.
- Make trees and shrubbery more wind resistant by keeping them trimmed and removing damaged branches. Stay far away from power lines while trimming.
Take action now to make sure your family is prepared to weather the storm. To obtain forecasted electric costs as well as the weekly forecast, check out our weather insights app on our website homepage at union-power.com.
At Union Power Cooperative, we’re preparing, too. We work hard to minimize service disruptions all year round, but from time to time, severe weather can lead to power outages. Keep our outage reporting number, 1-800-794-4423, handy just in case, and remember you can view real-time outage information anytime on Facebook and Twitter as well as on union-power.com.