It’s hard to predict the weather, but it’s easy to prepare for it. Here’s how to plan ahead for unavoidable power outages that can accompany storms.
- Listen to weather forecasts every day so you’ll know when high winds or heavy snows or ice are on the way. That kind of weather is most likely to affect power lines.
- Prepare an outage kit that contains: a battery-powered radio, fresh batteries, a flashlight, candles, matches, a wind-up clock, bottled water, paper plates and plastic utensils.
- Keep a stock of canned food in your cupboard along with a manual can opener. Consider buying a camp stove and fuel that you can use (outdoors only) if you can’t cook on your electric stove.
- Tape MVEA’s phone number on your refrigerator so it will be handy if you must report an outage. Do not take it for granted that your neighbor has made the call. Your cordless phones will not work, so have a traditional phone that you can use.
- Dress in layers to stay warm during a winter outage.
- If you're caught in a lightning storm, get out of the water and stay away from trees. Go indoors and keep clear of windows. Turn off TV and other appliances.
- Teach children to stay away from fallen or sagging power lines. They could be energized and dangerous, even if the power is out.
Our hope is that the weather will spare us; however, if we do have outages, we will restore your service as quickly as possible. We also strive to keep our website up to date on the outage situation so be sure to check it (if possible) for outage information.