EEI is closely monitoring a major winter storm that is expected to have an impact from the mid-Atlantic all the way to New England. Moderate to heavy snowfall, and high winds are expected.
If you live in the forecasted path of the storms, be prepared and be safe.
What you can do now:
- Read EEI’s winter storm safety tips.
- Develop an emergency plan that addresses any special medical needs you or your family members have. Call your local emergency management office to discuss necessary arrangements.
- Have an Emergency Outage Kit stocked and readily available.
- Know all evacuation routes if you live near the coast.
- Pay attention to local weather reports on the radio, television, or Internet.
- Stock up on non-perishable food, water, medications, and any other necessities to avoid the need for travel during the storm. If called to evacuate, do so immediately.
- Learn what to do in case of a power outage.
- Learn about the industry’s restoration process.
- Learn about the industry’s Mutual Assistance Network.
If a severe storm does hit your area:
- Remain indoors.
- Monitor weather bulletins on a battery-powered radio, and monitor the news and social media on your mobile device for updates from your local power company.
- If your power goes out, report your outage immediately to your local electric company. Don’t rely on your neighbors to report your outage.
- Always stay away from downed power lines.
Don’t forget to visit your local electric company’s web site for the latest updates and guidance on how to prepare for storms. EEI also encourages customers to follow EEI on Twitter
for the latest information.