Hurricane Season 2014: What To Do Before And After Being Left Without Power

Before A Power Outage:

  • Turn off circuit breakers before the power goes.
  • Leave on one circuit breaker with a lamp on so you will know when the power has resumed.

After A Power Outage:

  • For the safety of repair crews, power companies will not begin restoration efforts until wind speeds are under 35 miles per hour.
  • Please be patient.
  • Call your power company to report power lines that are sparking or any obviously unsafe electrical equipment. Encourage everyone to stay away from these hazards.

Restoring Electrical Service:

Repair crews work to return power to the facilities that serve the largest number of affected customers first. Priorities are not established by where your home is located geographically, your payment history, or how often you call. Crews focus on facilities that provide essential service to your community, such as hospitals, police and fire stations, and television or radio stations. Once major repairs have been made, work begins to restore smaller groups and individual customers.

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