Are you disaster ready?
Severe weather can strike at any time. Heavy snow and ice, strong winds, flooding, thunderstorms, and tornadoes all have the potential to close roads, take down power and telecommunication lines, and more. In the blink of an eye, we can find ourselves without the ability to cook, travel, keep cool or warm, or even access the basics like electricity and running water.
At South Central Power Company, we want to help you prepare for the possibility of a disaster and to help keep your family safe while emergency workers like your South Central Power line workers work around the clock to get your power restored. While we’re rebuilding our system, the right supplies help you can ride out the difficult hours and days in the wake of a disaster.
Stay ahead of the storm
South Central is launching a new email communication tool to advise members when we’re preparing for severe weather or other emergencies. Now, you can get tips on how to get ready at home, as well as track our power restoration response.
Be sure to sign up on My Account or the South Central app to automatically opt in to receive our disaster response emails.
- Check on friends and family who are elderly or have medical conditions.
- Prepare a disaster kit with at least the following essentials: blankets, water, non-perishable food, flashlight with batteries and necessary medication. For more help preparing a disaster kit, visit ready.gov.
- Charge your electronic devices such as phones, laptops and tablets.
- Install surge protectors on all electronics.
Be in the know
- Stay up to date with South Central Power’s live outage map.
- Download the South Central app to report outages, get outage updates, pay your bill and view usage.
- Report outages easily and receive status updates via Outage Alerts text messaging. Be sure your phone number is up to date on your account before registering.
- Stay away from downed lines. Call 911 and South Central Power immediately if you spot a broken power line or pole.
- If refrigerated or frozen food reaches 40 degrees or warmer, throw it out.
- Never plug a generator into the circuit box. Doing so may result in serious injury for the line workers restoring your power. See more generator safety tips.
- Avoid driving until road conditions are safe – vehicle accidents are often a cause of outages. For your safety, never walk or drive through flooded roadways as flood waters can be extremely dangerous.