Are you prepared for a winter outage?
When winter temperatures drop and storms hit, it can be challenging to stay safe and warm. Winter storm severity varies depending on where you live, but everyone can be affected by extreme winter storms at some point. At MTE, we care about your safety, and we want you to be prepared.
Heavy snow and ice can lead to downed power lines, leaving co-op members without power. During extremely low temperatures, this can be dangerous. During a power outage, our crews will continue to work as quickly and safely as possible to restore power, but there are a few things you can do to be prepared in the event of a power outage
Plan to use a safe alternate heating source, such as a fireplace or wood-burning stove, during a power outage. These are great options to keep you and your loved ones warm, but exercise caution when using, and never leave the heating source unattended. If you are using gasoline-, propane- or natural gas-burning devices to stay warm, never use them indoors. Remember that fuel- and wood-burning heat sources should always be adequately ventilated. Always read the manufacturer’s directions before using.
The CDC recommends having several days’ supply of food that does not need to be cooked handy. Crackers, cereal, canned goods and bread are good options. Five gallons of water per person should also be available in the event of an extended power outage.
When an outage occurs, it usually means power lines are down. It is best not to travel during winter storms, but if you must, bring a survival kit along, and do not travel alone. If you encounter downed lines, always assume they are energized and potentially hazardous. Stay as far away from the downed lines as possible and report the situation by calling 911, your local emergency services, or MTE’s Contact Center at 877-777-9020.
Winter weather can be unpredictable and dangerous, and planning ahead can avoid life-threatening situations. MTE is ready for what Mother Nature has in store, and we want you to be prepared, too. For more winter safety tips, visit www.ready.gov/winter-weather.