There’s an old saying that goes: It’s better to be prepared for that which does not come, then unprepared for that which does. And the Consumers Energy team is taking that to heart this week as we get ready for severe weather heading to Michigan. We encourage customers, homeowners and businesses to be prepared, too.
Strong to severe thunderstorms with lightning, damaging winds and hail are expected in Michigan today through Wednesday, which may cause power outages across the state.
We’re monitoring weather reports and mobilizing a wide range of company and contract personnel and equipment to be in place for a rapid response to any customer power outages. Preparing for a storm can lessen the impact of a storm and help you and your family or business stay safe and get back up and running quickly. A few tips to remember:
- Before a storm, we encourage residents to charge electronic devices and have fresh batteries for such things as flashlights and radios. It’s also good to have an ample supply of water and non-perishable food.
- During and after a storm, we advise everyone to stay at least 25 feet from any downed lines and assume that any line on the ground is “live” and dangerous.
- Report any downed wires by calling 9-1-1 or Consumers Energy at 1-800-477-5050. Never touch anything a power line may be touching including trees, fences and puddles.
- If you lose power, report it right away. Call us at 1-800-477-5050 or visit our outage map at www.ConsumersEnergy.com/outagemap. You can access the map with your smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer. You also can get updated estimated restoration times via phone or online.
We’ll be working 24/7 to keep our employees and our communities safe, but we ask you to do your part: stay alert, be prepared and always remember safety first.