OG&E preparing for potential power outages caused by winter weather

OG&E crews work to restore power after storms hit northwest Oklahoma City on May 1, 2017 (FILE / KOKH)

With a major winter storm approaching, OG&E has officially activated its incident command system to prepare for snow and ice. The utility company is staging crews and equipment strategically, so they can send them where they're needed when the time comes.

"So really it’s kind of looking at what the expected path of the storm is, the type of weather that’s expected, and just making sure we have everything in place to be able to get out, assess damage, and start restoring power as soon as we can," said Kathleen O'Shea, OG&E spokeswoman.

The company is keeping a close eye on the forecast and preparing for the worst. If the winter weather brings power lines down in your neighborhood, don't go near them.

"Give us a call, we will get there as quickly as we can, but keep your kids, your dogs, everything away from it," O'Shea said.

Crews will focus on restoring power to the most amount of people as quickly as possible. Depending on the damage, some people could be without electricity for several days, so it's important to prepare.

"Do you have someone in your home that requires electricity for a piece of medical equipment or something like that?" she said. "If that’s the case, you might want to start making plans now to have a place to go in case the power goes out."

OG&E recommends keeping a flashlight, important documents, portable charges, medication, and a first aid kit in your emergency outage kit. It's also a good idea to have water, non-perishable food, a radio, and extra batteries.

If power does go out:

  • Dress in warm layers and watch for signs of frostbite or hypothermia
  • Don't rely on gas stoves, charcoal grills, or other open-flame heat sources, since deadly carbon monoxide gas can build up in your home
  • Limit non-emergency phone calls to save your battery
  • Unplug all sensitive electronic equipment, like TVs, stereos, and computers

You can report a power outage to OG&E by calling 405-272-9595 (Oklahoma City) or 800-522-6870 (all other areas), and now, by text message. Just sign up for text messages for myOGEalerts.

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