|Simple steps to prepare for severe weather|
In the midst of National Preparedness Month, Kentucky Utilities Company and Louisville Gas and Electric Company offer four proactive steps to take in advance of severe weather.
1. Make a kit: Having an emergency preparedness kit ready in advance for each member of the family can help make responding to an emergency less stressful and more organized. In addition, consider carrying a kit in the trunk of a vehicle for emergencies. Visit ready.gov for a list of suggested items to include, such as a first-aid kit, crank-powered flashlights, whistles, batteries, prescription medicines, blankets, bottled water and a weather radio.
2. Stay informed: During outage situations, KU and LG&E provide near real-time outage information through the utilities’ automated phone system, online outage map and outage map app.
3. Tell KU and LG&E about it: Reporting downed power lines, hazardous conditions and power outages immediately to KU and LG&E can help the utilities more quickly isolate areas impacted during severe weather. KU customers should call 1-800-981-0600. LG&E customers should call 502-589-1444 (1-800-331-7370 outside Louisville.) When you call, press “1-1-2” to quickly navigate through the automated phone system and report the situation. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for information updates.
4. Safety comes first: Always assume any downed wire is an energized power line. Stay away from the area and report it immediately.