March is Red Cross Month; Get Life Support Help During Power Outages

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For more than 130 years, the American Red Cross has delivered help to many people going through challenges at home and abroad. It responds to nearly 70,000 disasters every year and provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families around the world.

This month, we celebrate the American Red Cross for continuing to make a difference in the lives of Michigan residents.

American Red Cross Identification Program

During a power outage, Consumers Energy wants to make sure customers are safe and receive extra assistance if needed. The American Red Cross Identification Program provides aid to our electric customers who depend on electric powered life-support equipment, prescribed by a doctor. Examples include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Respirator
  • Apnea monitor
  • Kidney dialysis machine

The American Red Cross also provides materials to help you prepare a personal emergency plan to follow in the event of a power outage. The information explains how to arrange for backup equipment and identifies actions to take during a power outage or other emergency.

Download an Identification Form at

Please Note:

  • Backup generators and transportation services are not part of this program
  • Participation in this program does not mean your electric power will be restored sooner than other customers if there is an outage
  • Consumers Energy also recommends you contact your equipment supplier for backup systems you can use during a power outage or other emergency

For more information on power outages, visit

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