With the cold weather making its way to the Wabash Valley, Duke Energy wants everyone to know they are ready for the worst.
Heavy snow, freezing rain and ice can cause a lot of power outages, and officials say they are prepared to handle any emergencies.
But they also want to make sure customers are prepared in case a power outage affects their home.
Duke Energy officials released these safety reminders:
We encourage customers to prepare by checking their supply of flashlights, batteries, bottled water, non-perishable foods, medicines, etc. Also, ensure a portable, battery-operated radio, TV or NOAA radio is on hand.
§ Stay away from power lines that have fallen or are sagging. Consider all lines energized as well as trees or limbs in contact with lines. Please report downed power lines to Duke Energy and your local police department.
§ If a power line falls across a car that you’re in, stay in the car. If you MUST get out of the car due to a fire or other immediate life-threatening situation, do your best to jump clear of the car and land on both feet. Be sure that no part of your body is touching the car when your feet touch the ground.
§ If you are driving and encounter emergency responders or other roadside work crews, remember to MOVE OVER. It’s the law in Indiana, and a good practice for all drivers. — Duke Energy
When it comes to reporting an power outage, here is how you can contact them:
- Text OUT to 57801
- Call the automated outage-reporting systems at 800-343-3525
- Report an outage or view current outages online at www.duke-energy.com/winterstorm