Preparing for Michigan Winter Storms and Outages

Posted on December 20, 2013. Filed under: Community, Company Operations, Electric Safety, Electricity, Safety, storm, weather | Tags: , , , , , |

SevereWeatherTip1With winter storms and freezing rain expected across southern Lower Michigan through Sunday, Consumers Energy is preparing for power outages and sharing tips to help customers prepare before, during and after storms strike.

Ice accumulation is a serious threat to the electric distribution system. Current weather forecasts call for as much as an inch of ice from freezing rain in portions of southern Lower Michigan Saturday and into Sunday.

Employees are monitoring the weather and while headquarters are staffed and additional company and contractor crews are on standby to quickly respond to any power outages and downed power lines caused by the expected storms.

Some important tips to help prepare for a storm include:

  • Charge electronic devices such as cell phones and laptop and tablet computers, and have fresh batteries available for items such as flashlights and weather radios.
  • Have a three-day supply of water and non-perishable food available, and don’t forget a first aid kit or any prescription medication if needed.
  • During and after a storm, people are advised to stay at least 25 feet from any downed lines and assume that every line is “live” and dangerous. Residents are also reminded to not touch anything a power line may be touching, including trees, fences, other debris and puddles.
  • Report any downed wires by calling 9-1-1 or Consumers Energy at 1-800-477-5050.

Additional storm and power outage information is available at Consumers Energy’s online outage center, http://www.ConsumersEnergy.com/outage.

Customers who lose power should contact Consumers Energy at 1-800-477-5050 or online at http://www.ConsumersEnergy.com. Customers can report an outage, get outage information, including updated estimated restoration times, all on a detailed map available at http://www.ConsumersEnergy.com/outagemap. The map is accessible via both desktop computer and mobile devices.

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