10 tips to keep you safe when storms strike

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As the first big storm of spring reminded us, we live in an area that is prone to the most extreme weather conditions.

At OPPD, our crews plan for all kinds of conditions and use proven procedures to respond when customers’ electric service is impacted by lightning, wind, hail or heavy rain.

As part of our storm plan, we have repair crews on standby in case they need to be called back to work. Customers can find outage updates and other pertinent information at stormandoutage.com.

Living in Nebraska means blizzards, blazing heat, thunderstorm bursts and even tornados. So what can you do to be safe when spring showers turn into destructive storms?

Never touch a downed power line or go near one. Always assume the line is live and high-voltage.

  1. Do not touch a fallen power line or anything touching the wire. This includes other people or equipment.
  2. Keep children and pets away from fallen electric wires and stay at least 30 feet away from wires.
  3. Do not drive over a fallen power line.
  4. Immediately call OPPD at 1-800-554-6773 or 911 to report a fallen power line.

The Department of Homeland Security and the National Weather Service also recommends:

  1. Have emergency supplies in place at home, at work and in the car.
  2. Listen to local officials. Keep informed of the latest weather alerts and updates.
  3. Develop a disaster plan for you and your family.
  4. Identify a safe place to take shelter.
  5. Check the weather forecast before leaving for extended periods outdoors. Watch for signs of approaching storms.
  6. If severe weather threatens, check on people who are elderly, very young, or physically or mentally disabled. Don’t forget about pets and farm animals.
Jason Kuiper

About Jason Kuiper

Jason Kuiper joined OPPD as a communications specialist in 2015. He formerly worked as a staff writer and reporter at the Omaha World-Herald.

Joe Comstock

About Joe Comstock

Joe Comstock is the creative coordinator for OPPD’s Corporate Marketing & Communications group. Skilled in all things creative, he can make the mundane - magical, the trite - tantalizing and the difficult – digestible.

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