PUD reminds customers: Be prepared for winter storms

With Edmonds residents experiencing two power outages in the past two evenings — and the National Weather Service predicting  potentially cold, snowy weather this winter — here’s a timely reminder from Snohomish County PUD about being prepared for storms.

A new PUD power outage reporting line gives customers an easier way to quickly report outages. The automated telephone line helps the PUD identify outages and reduce call wait times for customers. You can report outages by calling 425-783-1001 or toll free at 1-877-783-1001.

Here are some other handy storm preparation tips:

Create an Emergency Kit — A simple emergency kit can help you get through outages. A kit should contain items such as flashlights, batteries, matches, bottled water, food bars, canned food, blankets,   a manual can opener, a battery-powered radio and first aid kits.

Plan Ahead for Special Medical Needs — It’s critical that customers using special medical equipment at home, such as respirators, consider purchasing a backup generator and/or have other contingency plans in place. They should set up plans with friends or relatives to get to a site with electricity and/or identify emergency centers at local social service agencies and churches. While the PUD strives to provide continuous electric service to customers, it cannot guarantee that occasional power outages or failures won’t occur.  During the winter months the likelihood of power outages increases due to seasonal storms.

Stay Informed — Listen to local radio newscasts for the latest information about the PUD’s storm response efforts.  (My Edmonds News will also provide updates.) The utility regularly provides updates to KIRO-FM (97.3), KOMO-AM (1000) KRKO-AM (1380) and KSER-FM (90.7).


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