This week is Tennessee Severe Weather & Flood Awareness Week, and Nashville Electric Service (NES) is offering some tips to keep you safe and comfortable in the event of a power outage. There are a few simple things NES customers can do now to be better prepared year-round.
First and most importantly, NES wants to remind people to never go near a downed power line and immediately call 911 to report the danger.
Assemble Emergency Kit
Contents could include:
- Water and non-perishable food items for at least three days
- Battery-powered light source (flashlight, LED lantern, LED candles)
- Fully charged portable phone charger
- First aid kit
- Extra batteries
- Emergency telephone numbers
- Whistle signal for help
- Local maps
- Blankets or battery-operated fans, depending on climate
- Individual needs for infants, seniors, pets or family members with unique health conditions
Make sure everyone in your household knows about the emergency kit and its location.
NES also recommends enabling text messaging through your online account, so you can quickly report a power outage by texting “OUT” to 637797 (NESPWR). You can also call 615-234-0000 to report an outage.
The National Weather Service is also planning a series of virtual training courses throughout the week. A list of courses and daily educational themes can be found on their website at weather.gov/ohx/swaw2022.
*Source for emergency kit items: https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit