do During a Power Outage
What to do during a power outage
caused by a storm/tornado
911 lines are
for emergency calls only. Simple power outages, even
wide spread in nature, are not considered true
emergencies. 911 dispatchers contact the same local
number for utilities that is listed in the phone book.
utility department and speaking with a worker, or
leaving a message is the best way to report outages.
Calling 911 to report power outages will not expedite
are times when you should call 911 concerning damage to
power lines during a storm or tornado. If you see power
lines down that are arcing or are on fire, especially if
these lines are across structures or roadways, call 911
to report them.
This can be a
dangerous situation that needs a response from
appropriate fire department personnel. Do not hesitate
to call 911 during storms or tornados to report any
fire, police, or medical situation.