Power Lines E-Newsletter
Issue #131, December 2015
Is Your Family Ready for Winter Storms and Possible Power Outages?
Dealing with a power outage is much easier if you have prepared in advance. See tips for keeping your family safe and comfortable during winter storms and the outage they might cause. 
Customers with Special Medical Needs
Does someone in your home use life support medical equipment that uses electricity? If so, it is very important that you plan ahead to prepare for storms, outages, and other emergencies.  Ask us for information on creating a Personal Support Network and an Emergency Plan, to stay safe and comfortable during emergencies.
In a true emergency, always call 9-1-1.
What to Do if Your Lights Go Out
1. Check your electric meter. If there are numbers in the display, you have power to the meter. Check your breaker box or fuse panel for tripped breakers or blown fuses. 
Photo of meter with power. Photo of meter without power.
2. If your power is out, call (503) 397-1844 to report it.
3. Turn on a front porch light. This helps our crews confirm when your power is restored.

4. During cold weather outages, turn off all electric heaters, water heaters, and cooking equipment.
When power is restored, turn them back on one at a time, in 15-minute intervals. This step helps prevent overloading of the electric system 
when power is restored, which can cause more outages.

5. Unplug sensitive electronic equipment such as computers, TVs and stereos
to prevent damage from voltage surges or spikes when power is restored.
Local Loan Programs for Home Energy Efficiency Improvements

Two local credit unions offer loans for PUD customers who want to make home efficiency improvements, upgrade heating systems or purchase new appliances. To learn more, visit www.crpud.net/loans.
Stay Away from Downed Lines!

If you see a downed line, stay away, keep others away and report it immediately at
(503) 397-1844.
Call 9-1-1 if it is a medical or
life-threatening emergency.
Calendar Correction
The September photo in the 2016 calendar was credited to the wrong photographer. The photo was taken by Joyce-Ellen Holmes. We apologize for the error.