storms and outages

Jul 11, 2022 | Storms and Outages | 9 comments

Be Prepared for Storm Season

Stay safe and prepare for all types of storms with these tips

No matter what kind of weather passes through our region, we’ll be prepared.

Here’s how you can stay safe and prepare for all types of storms:

  • Regularly check local news, radio, or your mobile device for information about storm watches or warnings in your area.
  • Keep supplies in an emergency preparedness kit. Include water bottles, non-perishable food, blankets, first-aid supplies, flashlights, and a battery-powered radio.
  • Make sure your yard is free of heavy debris that could be tossed around in the wind. Trim trees to prevent limbs from falling on your house.

Tornadoes

Tornadoes are capable of destroying homes, uprooting trees, and hurling objects through the air.

  • Choose a safe area in your home where you and your family can gather if a tornado warning is issued. This area should be in the basement or a room with no windows and on the lowest level of your home.
  • Conduct routine tornado drills with the entire family so everyone knows where to go and what to do if a tornado is approaching.
  • Watch for signs of a tornado: a dark-colored sky, low-lying clouds, large hail, or a loud roar.

Hurricanes

Hurricanes are violent storms that often cause property damage and life-threatening hazards, such as high winds and flooding.

  • Create an evacuation plan and practice it ahead of time to avoid confusion during the event.
  • Close windows, doors, and hurricane shutters.

Thunderstorms

Lightning kills more people every year than tornadoes and hurricanes. Rain and heavy winds can cause flooding, damage to homes, and widespread power outages.

  • If a thunderstorm appears likely, postpone all outdoor activities.
  • If a thunderstorm watch or warning is issued, take shelter in your home or other building.
  • Shutter all windows and close exterior doors securely.

Floods

Flash flooding can be among the most damaging and costly of all natural disasters.

  • If you live in a flood-prone area, keep sandbags, plywood, and plastic sheeting on hand.
  • Seal the walls in your basement with waterproofing compounds to avoid seepage.

Power outages

Although we work hard to maintain reliable electric service, a storm may lead to a power outage. You can report or check the status of an outage at pplelectric.com/outage or by texting “OUTAGE” to TXTPPL (898775).

 

Source: Questline

9 Comments

  1. Name *hercilia

    Comment *importante esa informacion

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  2. Joseph N. Karanja

    Great advice. I will help myself and the family safe.

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  3. Chris Root

    So what your saying is PPL is not prepared like always there are hundreds of trees laying on the power lines in my area and ppl doesn’t do anything to maintain these lines until a storm comes and nocks them down!!’

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    • Kathryn

      Good Afternoon Chris, Please know that we proactively remove and trim trees that pose a threat of falling and damaging our lines. The removal of these trees in advance of a storm prevents significant damage, removes a safety risk for the public and our employees, and reduces the likelihood of power outages. The majority of these trees are in our right of way. Please call us at 1-800-342-5775(say Tree Trimming during the prompts) if you have a specific concern. Thank you!

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  4. Dale F Lindner

    I’ve requested twice that PPL come and remove dead spruce trees off lines coming to my home. To date the debree is still there. When you are in my area please take care of this matter. Thank you.

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    • Kathryn

      Good Afternoon Dale, We are very sorry to hear this has not been addressed. Please know you can also reach out to us with your question or concern on Facebook (Private Message) or Twitter (Direct Message) on our website http://www.pplelectric.com. Thank you for bringing your experience to our attention so we can better serve our customers

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    • Bev H.

      PPL, you are proactive where I reside in central PA, and also work hard to bring back our power after storms during every season of the year. Anytime we had a concern or question, you gave us your prompt attention with favorable, reasonable answers. We appreciate your expert workmanship and concern for your residents!

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  5. Doreen Powers

    I live in Brodheadsville, Monroe Co. We have these 2 damn traffic circles going up and most of Route 209 by us is being widened & re worked. How secure are the lines (as it appears they keep moving them) in case of severe weather? Do you have them listed as prone to fail infrastucture until all work is completed. We are guessing that those once permanent lines are not as secure as they once were until this project is finished. Your thoughts please

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  6. robert kerecz

    I AM CONSTANTLY BOMBARDED BY OTHER UTILIT COMPANIES. I WILL NEVER GIVE UP PPL OR UGI. YOUR STAFF AT BOTH UTILITY COMPANIES , WORKERS, IN THE FIELD AND ON THE PHONE, ARE THE BEST!

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