Be Prepared for Storms!

Be Ready With an Emergency Kit. 

  • Assemble an emergency kit including candles, matches, firewood, battery-operated radio and clock, extra blankets, sleeping bags, containers for storing water, portable fire extinguisher, easily-prepared foods, canned goods, manual can opener and a camp stove or grill for outdoor cooking..

    • Plan on at least 1 gallon of water per person, per day.

    • Conserve water by using paper plates and plastic utensils.
  • Many cordless phones require electricity and may not work during an outage.  Have one non-portable phone that will work even if power is interrupted.  Keep cell phones charged.

When the power is out: 

  • Turn off all electrical equipment, including your water heater, electric furnace or heaters, stove, washer and dryer, stereo and TV, to help prevent overloading the system when power is restored. Major appliances can be turned off at the breaker box.

  • Keep on a porch light and one light inside so you and crews will know when service is restored.

  • If you see any downed utility lines, stay far back and report the outage.  Keep children and pets away, too. A downed line doesn't have to spark to be dangerous. A wire can be dangerous even if you're not touching it; water, metal, tree branches, concrete or other materials touching the wire can conduct electricity from a wire to you.

For information during major storm outages, follow Harney Electric Cooperative on Facebook. 

If you own a portable generator, know how to operate it safely.  Click here for information on generator safety.

In Home Life Support

HEC strongly recommends having a backup power source and an emergency plan for extended outages for those on medical support devices.

When all is back to normal, restock your three-day emergency supply kit and update your emergency communications plan so family members know how to contact each other and where to meet.