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storm checklist

If a major storm is anticipated in your area, take these simple precautions to ensure your readiness. Use this page as a checklist.

  • Have a lights-out kit that is well stocked and handy. The kit should have a battery-operated radio or TV, several flashlights, and a supply of fresh batteries. Local radio stations will report weather and utility service conditions.
  • Turn your refrigerator and freezer to their coldest settings.
  • If you have a well and a water pump, fill your bathtub and spare containers with water.
  • Protect your major appliances and any electronically-sensitive equipment, such as computers.
  • Fill your car's gas tank.

If you experience an electric service problem:

  • We need to know. You can use the “Report an Electric Service Problem” link located in the right-hand box of this Web page. Or, you can call 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633).
  • Take steps to prevent food spoilage. Click here for tips on handling food and water.
  • Stay indoors. If you must go outside, stay away from downed and dangling lines. Treat all downed lines as if they are live and dangerous.
  • If you use a portable generator, follow its important, life-saving instructions. Click here for more information on generators.
  • Listen to your battery-operated radio on for updates on our restoration progress and safety tips.
  • Use candles and storm lanterns carefully. Keep them out of drafts, away from flammable materials, and out of the reach of children.


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