Duke Energy: Preparation tips for high winds & severe weather

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - In anticipation of a storm believed to hit the region late Wednesday into early Thursday, Duke Energy has prepared for potential power outages, as a result.

Officials say this entails checking equipment, supplies and inventories to make sure there are adequate materials for repairs and power restoration.

Duke Energy offers the following customer tips on how be prepared:

-Check supplies and be sure to have the following items in an emergency response kit: portable radio with fresh batteries, flashlight, first-aid kit, canned or packaged food that can be prepared without cooking or refrigeration, several days' supply of drinking water.

-If someone in your home has special needs or relies on electric-powered life support equipment, determine now the actions you'd take in the event of an extended power outage (i.e., relocate your family member or have a backup generator available).

-Stay Safe

  • As severe weather begins to move through the area, be watchful for downed or sagging power lines. 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.

You can also stay connected by visited Duke Energy's storm preparedness website www.duke-energy.com/storms for links to outage reporting tools, safety information and tips. Follow Duke Energy on twitter (@DukeEnergyStorm) get up-to-date information about outages and restoration efforts, as well as on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DukeEnergyStorm.

Should you experience a power outage, contact the company's automated outage-reporting system for your specific service area: Ohio and Kentucky (800) 543-5599 and Indiana (800) 343-3525.

Read more on the anticipated storms for the Cincinnati area here: http://bit.ly/1bwSOOR

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