As you are likely aware by now (especially if you’ve tried to go grocery shopping in the last 24 hours), the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning and a high wind watch for portions of our service area from 12:00pm Fri., Feb. 8 through 4:00pm Sat., Feb. 9 (with the heaviest snowfall between 3:00pm and 10:00pm today).
- We’re closely watching the forecast, including receiving briefings from the National Weather Service, so we can be ready to respond to any power outages as a result of the storm. Our crews are ready to deploy with assignments when outages occur and as soon as it’s safe to do so.
- As we prepare for storm conditions, we encourage our customers to do the same:
- Make sure to have emergency supplies on hand at home and in your vehicle, such as extra batteries, flashlights, food and blankets
- Have a battery-powered radio ready to go
- Charge cell phones and mobile devices in case the power goes out
- Download the PSE mobile outage app to track and report outages, check status and get estimated restoration times, or visit https://www.pse.com/outage/outage-map
- Safety first:
- Never touch or go within 35 feet of downed power lines because they might be energized. Call PSE at 1-888-225-5773 or 911 to report problems.
- Do not use a charcoal or gas grill to cook indoors. Never use a natural gas range for heating, or charcoal as an indoor heating source. This can cause a buildup of poisonous carbon monoxide gas.
- If you choose to use a portable home generator, read the manufacturer’s instructions for the safe operation of the generator. Do not operate generators indoors or in enclosed spaces to avoid the buildup of carbon monoxide.
- If you’re using portable heaters, keep them away from furniture, draperies and other flammable materials.
- Always use flashlights instead of candles.
Please encourage your residents to report outages via the app, online, or by calling 1-888-225-5773.