Plan ahead now in case of power outages


    TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- Arctic weather is sweeping into the Northwest, bringing ice, heavy snow and the threat of power outages. Power companies are urging customers and the public to take precautions to stay safe and comfortable.

    The National Weather Service is forecasting extended periods of snow throughout the coming week with temperatures dipping below freezing every evening and snow accumulations of up to a foot at low elevations.

    Every home should have an Emergency Outage Kit that includes the following:


    Battery-operated radio and clock

    Extra batteries

    Non-perishable foods

    Manual can opener

    Bottled water


    You should also exercise caution in the event of an outage.

    Stay away from all downed power lines and utility lines. Even if the lines are not sparking, they could be energized and extremely dangerous. Call 911 and report the outage to Pacific Power at 1-877-508-5088.

    Don’t drive over downed power lines.

    Turn on your porch light. After crews complete repairs, they patrol the area of the power failure to see if any lights are still out.

    Check on your neighbors, especially those who may need special assistance. Also, check with others who have electricity, to see if you can visit.

    Keep mobile devices charged so that may be used in an emergency. Before the winter storm arrives, download the Pacific Power app to your smart device so you can have information readily available.

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