Prioritizing Safety and Maintaining Communication During Wind Storm
The severe storms that swept across Michigan yesterday have left hundreds of thousands of residents without power and thousands of downed power lines. It is imperative that affected residents prioritize safety and remain alert as teams work across the state to assess and repair the damage. AMP has no higher priority than the safety of Michigan’s citizens, and urges those affected to please review the following safety measures.
SAFETY DURING POWER OUTAGES
- Remain at least 25 feet away from downed power lines and anything they are touching. Even if they do not look live, it is crucial that you treat them as if they are! Please report any downed power line immediately by calling 9-1-1 as well as DTE energy at 1-800-477-4747 or Consumers Energy at 1-800-477-5050 to report it.
- Please be alert to roadside crews working to restore power. Drivers should slow down or stop and wait for oncoming traffic to clear before proceeding slowly past work crews.
- Yellow caution tape should never be crossed. This tape indicates a nearby downed power line.
- Never use a generator in an attached garage, basement, or near any intakes. Never fuel a generator while it is running.
- If using a generator, contact a licensed electrician to ensure that it is properly connected, and, for the safety of our lineworkers and first responders, make certain it is isolated from the company’s electric distribution system.
COMMUNICATION DURING POWER OUTAGES
- In case of emergency, do not hesitate to call 9-1-1 immediately.
- Residents concerned about staying in their home during an extended outage area are encouraged to call 2-1-1 to learn about available resources, including shelters.
- Customers can report an outages, check the status of an outage, and view outage maps from their smart phones via the DTE Energy Mobile App (available free from the Apple Store or Google Play) or at http://www.consumersenergy.com/outagecenter.
Please know that everyone in our community, especially our energy providers, are working around the clock, and will continue to do so until Michiganders are safe and power is restored to all affected residents. AMP will continue to send updates on the storm’s clean up and power restoration; as soon as we know something, so will you. Please stay safe. Further information is available at dteenergy.com.