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Spring Storm Preparation

Spring storms have already caused some major tree damage and outages throughout Ohio this year. Our team is ready when severe weather strikes – make sure you are too!

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How to Report an Outage:

Outage Map

  • Use our outage map to see the impact across our territory and track our restoration progress.

Safety Reminders:

  • Never approach a downed powerline, even if it appears to be de-energized. Lines can become re-energized as restoration efforts progress. If you see a downed line, call us and 911 right away.
  • Always follow these generator safety tips, including:
    • Never operate your generator inside your home or garage – even if doors and windows are open.
    • Never plug your generator into a wall outlet to try and power your home – this can send electricity down de-energized lines, putting line workers in serious danger.
  • During the restoration process, sometimes power comes back on in spikes that can damage electronics. Unplug all electronics and heat-producing appliances when an outage occurs.
  • Follow this link for more outage safety and preparation tips.

Preparing for a Storm:

  • Make a backup plan for your household in case an outage occurs this weekend.
  • Make sure you know how to handle any medical needs or treatments that require power. If you are unsure, talk to your doctor for planning help.
  • Prepare an emergency kit with necessary items like non-perishable food, water, flashlights, batteries, a first-aid kit, etc.
  • Check in with elderly friends, family and neighbors.
  • Make sure you have blankets and warm clothing easily accessible.
  • Charge important devices like phones, laptops, and portable batteries before the storm hits.
  • Remember to include your pets in your preparations!

Tornado Safety:

  • Make sure your yard is free of heavy debris that could be tossed around by the wind.
  • Choose a safe area in your home where your family can gather if a tornado warning is issued. Pick a spot in your basement or in a room with no windows on the lowest level of your home.
  • In extreme weather, look for the following potential signs of a tornado: a dark sky, low-lying clouds, large hail, or a loud roar.
  • If you are outside or in a vehicle, do not try to outrun a tornado. Seek shelter in your home or a building immediately.
  • Follow this link for more tornado-specific safety tips.