Storm Recovery Safety
Stay safe during an outage and protect against the hazards of the aftermath of severe storms by following this advice:
During a Storm:
- Stay INSIDE during the storm. Downed power lines, rapidly moving water and falling trees make it dangerous to be outside.
- Take refuge in an interior room, closet or hallway away from windows and, where possible, go to the lowest level of the building. Close all interior doors. Secure and brace external doors. Close window blinds/curtains to help protect against possible broken glass (putting a blanket over windows is also helpful.)
- If you hear warning sirens, take cover immediately! Siren activation means a tornado warning is in place (tornado watch = conditions are favorable to spawn tornadoes; tornado warning = a tornado has been spotted in the area).
- Texting your family and friends to check on their safety is usually better than calling as storms can knock out cell phone towers or call volumes might be too high to allow all calls to go through.
Following a Storm:
- DO NOT approach, touch or attempt to move downed power lines or items that have fallen on them. Report all downed lines immediately by calling Carroll EMC’s 24-Hour Emergency and Member Services Line or 911. Make sure your children understand the danger of downed power lines.
- Take care when stepping into a flooded area and be aware that submerged outlets or electrical cords may energize the water, which can result in lethal electrocution.
- Do not use electrical appliances that have been wet. Water can damage the motors in electrical appliances.
- Listen for post-storm safety messages, such as "boil water" warnings and road closures.
- Drive only when necessary as the streets could have significant debris and/or they could have been structurally compromised.
- Do not drive on flooded or barricaded roads or bridges - they are closed for your protection. As little as 6 inches of water may cause you to lose control of your vehicle and 2 feet of water will carry most cars away.
- Wait 30 minutes after the power comes back on before plugging in electronic devices and turning on HVAC systems to minimize impact to the power grid.
During an outage:
- Turn off heating and air conditioning systems and unplug sensitive electronic appliances such as TVs, VCRs, microwave ovens and home computers to avoid damage from surges.
- Don't leave candles unattended and keep them away from furniture, draperies and other flammable materials.
- Limit freezer and refrigerator door openings. Food will keep longer if doors remain closed.
- Do not burn charcoal or run any gasoline-powered equipment in an enclosed space. They may produce carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless poisonous gas.
- Strictly follow manufacturer’s guidelines for generator use. Improperly installed generators can injure or kill a utility worker who is working to restore your power.
- Leave an outside light on so repair crews will know when power is back on.
- Stay away from areas where Carroll EMC crews are working. They can restore power faster if they are not interrupted. Before restoring power, Carroll EMC crews must inspect the lines to isolate damage, so don't be alarmed if they pass your home more than one time.