When a Powerful, Potentially Damaging Storm is Approaching,
Here's How to Prepare
At Central Hudson, we work hard to provide reliable electric service, and to restore that service to you when an outage occurs. However, storms and adverse weather can bring lightning, high winds, hail and ice that can damage electric facilities and cause a temporary loss of electric service. Proper preparation, however, can reduce the impact an outage has on your household:
- Pay attention to weather advisories and storm warnings.
- Keep a flashlight and fresh batteries handy.
- Have a battery-powered radio to keep informed of restoration efforts.
- Double-check your supply of food, and stock your pantry with packaged or canned foods that require no refrigeration or cooking. Avoid opening your refrigerator unnecessarily during outages, so food lasts longer.
- Be sure you have a non-electric can opener.
- If you have an electric water pump, always keep an emergency supply of bottled water on hand for drinking and washing. If a major storm is forecast, fill your tub with water as an added reserve.
- Remember, never use outdoor gas or charcoal grills indoors. They pose a fire hazard, and over time can give off deadly carbon monoxide gas. Use these appliances only outdoors with proper ventilation.
- Be sure you know how to open your garage door manually, if you usually rely on an electrically-operated, automatic, remote control door opener.
- Does anyone in your home depend on electrically-operated life-support equipment? If so, call us at (845) 452-2700 or, for calls from outside the 845 area code only, 1-800-527-2714 and speak to a customer service representative before there is an actual emergency so we can note this on your account and contact you when severe weather is anticipated.