Consumers Energy tips: Preparing for the next storm, or the aftermath of this one – Muskegon Chronicle

November 18, 2013 by  
Filed under Wind Energy Tips

MUSKEGON, MI – While nothing horrible was reported from the first wave of Sunday afternoon’s storms across Muskegon County, the risk wasn’t over.

As of late afternoon Sunday, Nov. 17, a high wind warning remained in effect until 4 a.m. Monday, Nov. 18, for all of West Michigan, a flood advisory until 10 p.m. Sunday, and a more general “hazardous weather outlook” forecast for the next several days.

With that in mind, and bearing in mind that Michigan in late autumn is prone to heavy weather, here are some tips from Consumers Energy to prepare for the next storm or cope with the aftermath of Sunday’s:

• Charge electronic devices such as cell phones and laptops. Have fresh batteries available for items such as flashlights and weather radios.

• Have a three-day supply of water and non-perishable food available. Also, don’t forget a first-aid kit and any prescription medication.

• During and after a storm, stay at least 25 feet from any downed lines and assume that every line is “live” and dangerous. Touch nothing 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.

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