Have a plan

Still image from video

Safety video by Oak Harbor High School students. More.

Keep you and your family safe during emergencies resulting from earthquakes, storms and other natural disasters that may cause power outages or interruptions of your energy service.

  • Keep emergency food and supplies on hand. Suggested list
  • Know how to manually open and close electric doors, such as your garage door.
  • Know how to properly shut off your natural gas and electricity if needed.
  • Create and practice an evacuation plan should you need to leave your home or business.
  • Prepare to assist your neighbors, people with special needs, the elderly, and pets.
  • Have a cellular or corded phone (cordless phones will not work during an outage).
  • Identify an out-of-town contact. Long distance calls may be easier to make than local calls. Someone from out of the area may have an easier time relaying a message.
    • Make sure everyone in your family knows the phone number of your out-of-town or emergency contact and that they have a cell phone, change or a pre-paid phone card.
    • Know how to send a text message which may be able to get around network disruptions when a phone call can't get through.
  • Check out resources around you that provide safety training and preparedness tips: