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AEP OFFERS WINTER WEATHER TIPS

Appalachian Power is preparing for the next round of winter weather, which could potentially impact your area in the coming days. This storm has potential to bring strong winds and frigid temperatures, possibly causing power outages.We know you depend on us to keep your power on, and our storm response team is prepared and on alert for the possibility of service restoration work.We are closely monitoring weather forecasts, and we’ll continue to update you as information becomes available. In the meantime, we encourage you to be prepared, should outages occur. Check out the below resources for additional information on how to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.Before the Storm
 Make a plan in the event a power outage occurs. Check with those who are elderly, have young children or have medical conditions to ensure they have a plan, especially in the event of an extended power outage.
Charge devices such as phones, laptops, portable chargers and other electronics that will help you stay connected.Prepare an emergency kit. At a minimum, include non-perishable food, water, a flashlight, batteries, a battery-powered radio, a first-aid kit and necessary medications.Important Safety RemindersRemember, all downed lines are dangerous — they carry an electric current that can cause serious or even fatal injuries. Stay away to stay alive. If you encounter a fallen wire, keep yourself and others away from it and anything it may be touching, and call 1-800-956-4237 or 911 immediately.If you plan to use an alternate heat source, ensure it is in good working order and follow all safety precautions. Never operate lanterns, heaters, fuel-fired stoves or burn charcoal without proper ventilation to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning and fires.If you use a portable or RV generator, do not plug the generator into your circuit box.Additional safety tips are posted at AppalachianPower.com/Safety.
Stay ConnectedMake sure you’re signed up to receive outage alerts and updates:Sign up for Appalachian Power AlertsYou can also track and report outages with the Appalachian Power mobile app.