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Prepare in a Year - Outages



Contact Tanner Electric Coop to report power outages on Anderson Island by calling: 

(425) 888-0623 or (800) 472-0208. You can also download their Smart Hub app at www.tannerelectric.coop and report the outage with a click.

 

Unexpected electrical power outages can last for days or longer, creating disruptions in communications, utilities, transportation, food and medicine refrigeration, cooking and medical equipment. Plan now to have what you need and to know how to stay safe.

 

BEFORE

· Pack an emergency supply kit with nonperishable food, one gallon of water per person per day, medications, flashlights, and batteries. Avoid using candles which can cause fires.

· Keep your cell phone well-charged and consider adding a battery-powered portable charger to your emergency kit to extend the battery life of your phone.

·Register life-sustaining and medical equipment with your utility company.

·Practice opening and closing your garage door manually.

·Always keep your car’s gas tank more than half full, as gas stations may be closed during an emergency or power outage. If you own an electric vehicle, make sure you have enough charge to make it to a charging station outside of your immediate area.

·Keep bills and cash on hand (preferably in small bills) in case ATMs or card readers are unavailable.

·Consider buying a generator. Keep your generator outside and run a cord inside. Don't connect your generator to main service panels or wall outlets—it's dangerous! Be sure to place a carbon monoxide detector indoors. Never burn charcoal or use a generator indoors.

 

DURING

· Keep freezers and refrigerators closed. The refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours. Use coolers with ice if necessary. Monitor temperatures with a thermometer.

· Use food supplies that do not require refrigeration.

·Turn off lights and disconnect appliances, equipment or electronics. Power may return with momentary "surges" or "spikes" that may cause damage.

·Go to a community location with power when heat or cold is extreme (if it is safe to do so).

 

AFTER

·Stay away from downed power lines. Assume any lines that you see are live.

·Avoid sagging trees with broken limbs.

·Avoid electrical shock in flood areas. Do not go into flooded areas or use any electrical equipment that may have been underwater.

· “When in doubt, throw it out.” Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures of 40 degrees or higher for two hours or more.







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