Power Outage Preparation
Wright-Hennepin works to minimize the occurrence of power outages, but it is important to be prepared for one if it should it happen.
Wright-Hennepin does everything it can to avoid interruptions to your electric service. But sometimes, weather can make power outages unavoidable. Here are some tips so you can be prepared:
- Never touch a fallen power line, and assume all wires on the ground are electrically charged. Call Wright-Hennepin at 763-477-3100 to report fallen lines immediately. Avoid contact with overhead lines at all times.
- Stay tuned to weather forecasts.
- Medical emergencies: Wright-Hennepin attempts to provide members on life-support systems priority during outages. If you or a family member requires some form of life-support, make sure you are on Wright-Hennepin’s "critical human service list" before an outage occurs. Call 763-477-3100 to find out how to get on that list. You can also consider obtaining a backup source of power if the power does go out for an extended period. Keep your backup generator in good condition and test it periodically.
- Have an outage kit prepared ahead of time, containing the following items:
- Working flashlight
- Battery-powered radio
- Extra batteries
- Outage numbers
- Candles and matches (never leave a candle unattended)
- Standard touch-tone phone (not cordless) and a fully charged cell phone
- First aid kit
- Fire extinguisher
- Bottled water
- Non-perishable food
- Avoid opening the refrigerator and freezer so you don't lose cold air.
- Do not operate charcoal or propane-powered equipment inside your home.
- After the storm: Replace used batteries in your emergency kit and restock food and water to be prepared for the next storm.