Outage Preparation

Outage Preparation


Be Prepared for Storms!

To call and report an outage:
Call SPEC at 888-741-0111.

To text and report an outage:
You may use our Outage Texting service.

Opt in by texting SPEC to 85700
Text HELP for more info, Text STOP 85700 to cancel.
Max 10 msgs/week sent to your phone.
Message and data charges may apply.

Use our free mobile app to report an outage:

If your lights go off during a storm, be prepared for the power outage. Assemble supplies ahead of time rather than rushing around when the storm is coming. Rotate your supplies to keep them fresh and use the following checklist to prepare for power outages:

  • Keep a 3- to 5-day supply of drinking water in plastic bottles. Plan on at least 1 gallon of water per person, per day.

  • Store a manual can opener with enough nonperishable foods for 3 to 5 days. Canned meats, tuna fish and peanut butter are good foods to store. Don’t forget pet foods!

  • Conserve water by using paper plates and plastic utensils.

  • Have a camp stove or grill for outdoor cooking.

  • Have a portable, battery-powered radio and alarm clock.

  • Plan where to meet and how to communicate with family members if separated.

  • Keep essential family member contact information near your phone, in your wallet and in your glove compartment.

  • Keep plenty of gas in your car.

  • Keep extra batteries, matches, propane, charcoal and firewood.

  • Coordinate with neighbors for care of the elderly and disabled living alone.

  • Maintain a supply of prescriptions, nonprescription drugs, vitamins and special dietary foods.

  • Playing cards, books, drawing and writing supplies, and board games help pass the time.

  • Keep sanitary and personal hygiene supplies replenished. Pre-moistened cleansing towelettes are useful and help conserve water.

  • Use plastic trash bags and ties for garbage.

  • Put first-aid kits in your home and car.

  • Make sure you have cold-weather clothing, foul-weather gear, blankets and sleeping bags.

  • Consider purchasing alternative UL-approved heating devices. For example, a fireplace insert or woodstove will keep the heat in your home instead of up the chimney.

  • Use flashlights and other battery-operated lighting instead of candles.

  • Keep fire extinguishers fully charged.

  • Fill your bathtub with water for bathroom use before the storm (if you have a well).