Consumers Energy urges residents to prepare for storms
JACKSON-Consumers Energy is urging customers to prepare for severe weather from multiple storms that are expected to hit the state over the next several days.
"Michigan's spring storm season is arriving with a fury that could include severe thunderstorms and wind gusts as high as 50-60 miles per hour over the next several days," said Mary Palkovich, Consumers Energy vice president of energy delivery. "We're committed to doing everything we can to deliver safe, reliable energy service to our customers when severe weather hits. A wide range of company, contract personnel and equipment is being mobilized to respond quickly to any customer power outages."
Some important tips to help prepare for a storm include:
•Charge electronic devices such as cell phones and laptops, and have fresh batteries available for items such as flashlights and weather radios.
• Have a three-day supply of water and non-perishable food available, and don't forget prescription medicine, a first aid kit and pet food.
•Stay away from downed lines. People are advised to stay at least 25 feet away from any downed lines and assume that every line is "live" and dangerous. Residents are also reminded not to touch anything a power line may be touching, including trees, fences, other debris, and puddles.
•Report any downed wires by calling 9-1-1 or Consumers Energy at 1-800-477-5050.
Consumers Energy provides natural gas and electricity to 6.5 million residents in all 68 lower peninsula counties.
For more storm preparation tips, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZP2NtzyS2Jo.
For power outage information, visit www.consumersenergy.com/outagemap.