:If you or someone in your home uses electronic life-support or medical-monitoringequipment, you should have a back-up plan in case you lose power in a storm. UI alsohas a program to register “life support” customers. Call 1-800-7-CALL-UI (1-800-722-5584) to find out more.
Other household equipment
:Make sure you have a household phone that doesn’t need to be plugged in to an electricaloutlet to work. Most cordless telephones don’t work when the power is off. Also, if youhave an electric garage door, be sure you know how to operate it manually.
Perform a Storm Inventory:
Take an inventory of your home and stock up on any supplies you might need.
Be sure to have flashlights, candles, matches, a first-aid kit, a battery-operatedradio or TV, and a battery-operated clock. Maintain a supply of extra batteries of various sizes.
Fill containers with drinking water and keep a supply of canned or dried food.Check the expiration dates on canned foods and make sure you have a manual canopener.
Charge your mobile phone so you can report outages or emergencies. Store keycontacts in your phone’s memory, and keep a paper copy in case your batteriesrun out.
Take note of any overhead lines before cleaning gutters or performing otheroutdoor work at home.
When carrying ladders and long-handled tools, check your path to make sure youwon’t cross overhead lines.
Always keep yourself and your equipment at least 10 feet away from overheadlines, including lines from the pole to your home.
Assume that all downed overhead lines are energized, even if you’ve lost power,unless your utility informs you otherwise.
Use only non-conductive ladders when working near any overhead power lines.
Natural gas customers should keep sidewall vents clear of debris, leaves andvegetation.
If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you. Take shelterimmediately.
If possible, remain indoors. Keep windows and doors shut, and stay away fromthem.
Do not use corded phones, computers or other equipment that puts you in directcontact with electricity. Avoid plumbing, including sinks, baths and faucets.
If you are outdoors, take shelter in your car if possible. Keep the windows anddoors closed.-- MORE --
Source: National Weather Service:http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/