If you are experiencing a winter storm and you know that a power outage is imminent, there are several ways you can prepare:
- Keep several torches handy and make sure you have batteries, as candles can be a fire risk.
- Purchase and keep charged a portable battery pack for your mobile phone, so you’re able to communicate and call your supplier.
- Get some blankets and thick clothes ready in case you need to keep warm.
- Make sure you have enough food and drink that doesn’t require electricity to heat it up.
- If you rely on anything medically that needs battery power, make sure to chat to your doctor about a potential back up plan. You can also join the Priority service register which will let your supplier know about your medical needs in the event of a power cut.
- Keep a plug-in telephone which doesn’t require electricity – most cordless ones will go down in the event of a power outage.
- You’ll need a phone to call your energy supplier.
Yellow warnings can be issued for a range of weather situations. Many are issued when it is likely that the weather will cause some low level impacts, including some disruption to travel in a few places.
These warnings mean there is the possibility of travel delays, road and rail closures, power cuts and the potential risk to life and property.
Dangerous weather is expected and, if you haven’t already done so, you should take action now to keep yourself and others safe from the impact of the severe weather.
Heavy rain or lightning can cause a power outage and interruption by severing or breaking electrical cables, destroying power lines or insulation.
As our dependence increases on technology and electricity, there are still concerns that power will go out.