Consumers Energy is preparing for two severe weather events in the form of damaging winds, storms and extreme heat that are expected to hit the lower regions of the lower peninsula starting Wednesday afternoon through Friday. Some of these storms may include heavy rain, hail and strong wind gusts, resulting in power outages, downed wires and other safety hazards.
The Consumers Energy Restoration Team has been monitoring this developing storm and is ready to respond. Crews are preparing trucks and essential materials needed to assist with any restoration efforts.
After the storms, temperatures are expected to be near 90 degrees. Customers can call 2-1-1 to connect with resources that offer assistance in their community, such as cooling centers or other needs. 2-1-1 is a free statewide service. There are also steps people can take to keep cool while reducing their energy usage and saving money, which can be found here: https://www.consumersenergy.com/outages/extreme-heat.
To help the public prepare for what to do before, during and after a storm, we encourage the media to visit www.ConsumersEnergy.com/OutageCenter for helpful tips. Here customers also can visit the online outage map, report an outage and sign up to receive power restoration updates.
Some preparation tips for potential severe weather include:
· Charge all electronic devices. It’s advised to have an emergency battery or charging station available for use during an outage.
· Have an emergency kit that includes flashlights and extra batteries, water, canned food and blankets. Be prepared with enough medication, baby supplies and pet food if applicable. A battery-operated radio is also a good idea.
· Unplug sensitive electronics like TVs, computers and printers. Turn power strips off.
Consumers Energy also urges the public to keep these important storm safety tips in mind:
· Stay at least 25 feet away from downed wires, keep children or pets away, and report the issue by calling 9-1-1 and Consumers Energy at 800-477-5050.
· A portable generator should be placed at least 25 feet away from any doors, windows or fresh air intakes. Never operate a generator inside your home, garage, basement or enclosed area. Proper ventilation is critical.
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