Did You Know: May, June and July are the peak tornado months in Ohio accounting for over half of the twisters that have hit since 1950? That means: it’s officially storm season.
With the ever-present threat of storms, our teams are working hard to keep your power on. Here are some things you can do to take charge and stay safe.
- Create a plan of what to do in the event of a storm. Identify a safe area for you and your family, like a basement, or interior portion of your house with few windows. Be sure to decide what you’ll do if there’s an extended power outage.
- Make an emergency preparedness kit that includes (at minimum) non-perishable food, drinking water, a flashlight, batteries, a battery-powered radio or television, portable cell phone charging bank, a blanket or sleeping bag, a first aid kit and any necessary medications.
- Check your local forecast daily to easily track weather reports in your area.
- Discuss the danger of downed power lines with your family. Never approach a fallen line or touch anything it may be touching. Call 911 and AEP Ohio immediately if you spot a potential hazard.
- If you plan to place a swimming pool on your property this summer, never install it under electric lines. It’s possible for downed wires to electrify your pool — posing a significant safety risk to you and your family. Contact us to help find the right location if there are electric lines nearby.
- Familiarize yourself with the various types of severe weather that may impact your area such as flash floods, tornadoes and thunderstorms.
- Learn the difference between storm watches and storm warnings. According to the National Weather Service, a watch indicates that conditions are favorable for the development of severe weather. Anyone in the affected area should be ready to move to a place of safety if the watch is upgraded to a warning or if threatening weather approaches. A warning means that severe weather is imminent and there may be impending danger to life and property. Anyone in the affected area should seek safe shelter immediately.
Visit AEPOhio.com/Safety for more information and tips.