Tips to Stay Safe Before & After the Storm

Before The Storm

  • Keep your phone charged and consider getting an external battery so your phone can charge without electricity.
  • Have a battery-operated radio for weather updates.
  • Unplug appliances and other electrical items. Damage can occur from power surges as a result of nearby lightning strikes.
  • Prepare an emergency kit and create a family communication plan.
  • If someone in your home uses a life-sustaining medical device that requires electricity plan to have a battery or emergency generator on hand before an outage occurs.

After The Storm

  • If you see fallen power lines while driving, turn around - never drive over them.
  • If a power line falls on your vehicle, stay inside, call 911, and exit only if your life is in immediate danger from a fire or other reason. Then, jump clear of your vehicle is certain to never touch the vehicle and the ground at the same time; then shuffle away keeping your feet together at all times.
  • While checking for damage outside your home, watch for hazards from exposed nails, broken glass, and broken tree branches dangling on other limbs.
  • Use flashlights, not candles, to inspect your home during a power outage to prevent fire risks.
  • Don't touch downed power lines or anything in contact with them. Call 911 to report them, as they could still be energized.