Consumers Energy Outages, With the severe weather expected across Michigan on Sunday, Nov. 17, Consumers Energy is urging residents to prepare for power outages.
According to a press release, Consumers Energy is monitoring the weather and crews are on standby to quickly respond to any power outages.
“Consumers Energy has been preparing for these storms for several days,” Mary Palkovich, vice president of energy delivery for the utility, said in the release. “We’re committed to doing everything we can to deliver safe, reliable energy service to our customers when severe weather hits. A wide range of company, contract personnel and equipment have been mobilized to rapidly respond to any customer power outages.”
The National Weather Service in Grand Rapids issued a tornado watch for Jackson County until 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17. A high wind warning was also issued for Jackson County until 4 a.m. Monday, Nov. 18.
As the severe weather continues to move across Michigan, Consumers Energy suggests important tips for residents to prepare for the storms:
• Charge electronic devices such as cell phones and laptops, and have fresh batteries available for items such as flashlights and weather radios.
• Have a three-day supply of water and non-perishable food available, and don’t forget a first aid kit or any prescription medication if needed.
• During and after a storm, people are advised to stay at least 25 feet from any downed lines and assume that every line is “live” and dangerous. Residents are also reminded to not touch anything a power line may be touching, including trees, fences, other debris, and puddles.
• Report any downed wires by calling 9-1-1 or Consumers Energy at 1-800-477-5050.