Ameren Illinois says they are addressing pockets of power outages across eastern and southern Illinois.
Ron Pate, senior vice president of Operations and Technical Services, Ameren Illinois, said the company has been monitoring the weather system for several days.
“Our first priority will be to correct potentially life-threatening situations. We will work closely with hospitals, police and fire departments, and local emergency officials to update lists of critical facilities that are without power. We then implement power restoration plans focused on restoring power for the greatest number of customers in the shortest length of time” said Pate.
For families with special needs…
“If any member of your family has a medical condition, plan and make arrangements to have that person’s special needs met in the event electricity is not available for an extended period of time during a storm.” Pate added.
Here are some safety tips from Ameren Illinois:
• Stay away from downed power lines because these lines may still be energized. During an outage, individuals are asked to stay indoors after sunset because downed lines may not be visible. Stay away from brush, shrubs and fallen trees that may be hiding these lines.
• If your electric service is interrupted, unplug or protect sensitive computer and electronic equipment with a high-quality surge protector.
• Make certain your cell phone is fully charged. Also, remember that cordless land line telephones will not function in the event of a power outage.