While it’s true that rain storms prove troublesome for power providers like Turlock Irrigation District (TID), wind storms can be even more of a foe.
TID undertakes many proactive measures throughout the year to help ensure the safety and reliability of its electrical system. Still, the possibility of weather-related outages increases during fall and winter storms.
With possible wind gusts up to 30 miles per hour being forecasted by the National Weather Service for Thursday and Friday within TID’s electrical service area, it is important to take note of the precautions below to help ensure general public safety as well as the reliability of electrical service.
Prior to any storm:
Know how to stay safe around electricity. Many common Electrical Safety Tips are featured within the Education & Safety section of TID’s website.
Trees with heavy branches near power lines should be trimmed, especially for customers who receive power from overhead service wires. More details about Tree Trimming are located within the Customer Service section of TID’s website.
Lighter outside items that could potentially blow away during strong winds should be stored inside.
Create or purchase a storm preparedness kit and have it readily available. Have flashlights and extra batteries handy, along with a battery-operated radio and first aid kit. Having bottled water and non perishable foods handy is also a good idea.
Use surge protectors to safeguard important electrical devices and appliances.
Know how to manually operate and lock electric-operated garage doors.
Research reputable emergency preparedness websites, such as ready.gov, the American Red Cross and FEMA for more detailed information.
During/after the storm:
TID customers experiencing power loss for longer than five minutes should call TID’s 24-hour service line at 883-8301.
Stay far away from downed power lines and never touch them. If a person locates a downed power line or downed power pole, they should immediately call 911 or TID’s 24-hour service line at 883-8301.
Do not attempt to clear branches or debris from downed power lines. Always assume downed power lines are energized. Do not attempt to rescue someone in contact with a downed power line.
As always, drive with caution. Traffic signals with power outages should be treated as stop signs in all directions.