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Updated December 15, 2009, 10:01 pm

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Emergency Preparedness

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Report an outage, view our outage map or learn more about outage credits, at our Outage Center.

Do1ThingWe want you to be prepared for any emergency by taking simple steps to get your family and home ready.  Michigan based non-profit Do 1 Thing makes it easy to do one thing a month to be more prepared.

View the entire program or sign up for preparedness reminders at

Below is a list to get you started as you achieve your goal this month. Choose at least one, and complete it.

More tips to be prepared:

  • Have at least a three-day supply of food, water, and medication.
  • Be sure to also have adequate infant or pet supplies.
  • Have first aid kits for your home and car.
  • Keep flashlights and a portable radio handy. Make sure you have fresh batteries. Lanterns and battery operated lights are a safe alternative to candles.
  • Develop a plan so you can stay in touch with your family in a disaster. Be sure each family member has a copy of your communication plan.
    • Keep a list of emergency numbers near your phone. Most land-line phones should still work.
    • Charge electronic devices and cell phones that can be used to report an emergency, check the status of a power outage or find local emergency assistance.
    • If you have electrically powered medical equipment, before a power outage occurs ask your physician, nurse or equipment supplier about an emergency plan.
    • If you have a generator, have a transfer switch installed by a licensed electrician to protect first responders and our workers. See our Generator Safety brochure for additional tips.
    • Keep some cash on hand in case ATMs and credit card machines are not working.

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