O&R Offers Safety Tips for a Stormy Forecast

With a stormy weather forecast featuring possible high wind gusts and thunderstorm activity for today and tonight throughout the area, O&R is reminding its customers to put safety first when confronted by weather hazards and storm-related damage.

High winds could snap tree limbs or topple trees onto power lines, causing customers to lose power. The resulting damaged equipment poses a potential safety risk. O&R urges customers to stay away from downed wires and transformers, and to take other safety precautions as needed.

O&R crews are ready to repair storm damage and restore service as necessary.

#There are several ways O&R customers can report outages and check service restoration status:

* Go to www.oru.com from any computer or web-enabled mobile device;
* Use the [O&R mobile app] (http://www.oru.com/energyandsafety/storms/mobileoutagereporting.html) from your iPhone, iPad or Android device;
* [Text] (http://www.oru.com/energyandsafety/storms/mobileoutagereporting.html) “OUT” to 69678 (myORU); or
* Call Customer Assistance at 1-877-434-4100
Go to www.oru.com/mobileconnect to learn more about our mobile communication options.

##To help its customers prepare to weather a storm, O&R offers these tips:

* Maintain a distance of at least 50 feet from downed wires and anything they are in contact with including puddles of water and fences. Supervise your children so that they are not in the vicinity and keep pets on a leash.
* If a fallen wire is draped over a car, do not approach the car to make rescue attempts. Remain a safe distance away, and try to keep the occupant of the vehicle calm. If possible, emergency personnel should handle the situation.
* Stock up on non-perishable food, bottled water, manual can opener, baby supplies and pet food. Set your refrigerator and freezer controls to their coldest settings. Fill the bathtub with water.
* Have emergency equipment within reach — portable radio, flashlights, spare batteries, first aid kit, cell phone and important medications. Update your personal list of emergency phone numbers.
* If you experience a power outage, don't assume that O&R automatically knows about it or that someone else will report it. Let O&R know what happened. The more information you can provide, the more O&R can help you.
* Remember: if the base station of your cordless phone plugs into the wall, your phone will be unusable during a power outage.
* If a family member relies on electrically operated medical devices, secure a portable generator or make alternate arrangements for care. O&R does not provide customers with generators.
* Keep at least a half-tank of gas in your car. Consider having extra cash on-hand, in case ATM machines don't work.
* Listen for storm alerts on the radio. In case of power outages, O&R will keep the stations updated on repair progress.
* Learn how to manually open and close any electrically powered garage door, security door or gate.

For more information, visit O&R’s [Storm Center] (http://www.oru.com/energyandsafety/storms/index.html).