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How can you prepare for a power outage?

Posted: May. 3, 2018 10:15 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Power outages can happen a few times a year, lately, due to storms there's been a few.

"Yesterday evening there was a power outage in the Lakeside/North Anthony neighborhoods and that was caused by a tree that fell over," said Indiana Michigan Power Spokesmen Tracy Warner.

Warner says often animals and storms can cause power outages.

"The number one source of outages for Indiana Michigan Power is vegetation, trees, branches limbs, coming into contact with wires."

How's does IMP combat outages? Constantly checking, and trimming trees.

"In the case of major power outages, they'll work 16 hour days until the power is restored," said Warner.

But what can you do to prepare for a possible power outage? An emergency preparedness kit is a good place to start.

"A flash light, a radio that's powered by a battery or hand crank, blanket, food and water."

Resident Jarvell Woodfin says he's dealt with recent power outages, but he likes to look on the bright side with his loved ones.

"Gather around with your family and loved ones. Just sit, pray, everything is going to be okay. Don't go crazy or anything because people are going to be there to fix it no matter what."

If you do notice there's a power outage, make sure to report it. Warner says to never used a generator inside, and if you use candles to light up your home, make sure you put it out after use to avoid a fire.

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