EEI is closely monitoring two potentially dangerous storms that are crossing the country and will continue to bring dangerous, inclement weather affecting millions of people. Over the next several days, the storms could impact areas as far West as California, South to Texas and the Mississippi valley, all the way North to New York. A mixture of warm air and below freezing surface temperatures could cause heavy ice in affected areas.
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 your Emergency Outage Kit stocked and readily available.
- Know all evacuation routes if you live close to 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.
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.
Severe Weather and Reliability
In addition to customer safety, the electric power industry’s top priority is to provide a reliable supply of on-demand power. Discover how the industry responds to outages caused by severe weather:
Don’t forget to visit your local electric company’s web site for the latest updates and guidance on how to prepare for storms.