While rising temperatures bring new life and colors, they also bring potential for severe weather to communities across southeastern Michigan. Keep these five tips in mind to promote safety and security during dangerous weather conditions this spring and summer.

  1. Know the difference between a severe thunderstorm watch and a severe thunderstorm warning.
    1. Severe thunderstorm watch – a storm is possible and near the watch area. Monitor the situation and be prepared to act if a warning is issued.
    2. Severe thunderstorm warning – severe weather has been reported or indicated by radar; an imminent danger to life and property is present. Take cover in a substantial building or vehicle with the windows closed.
  2. Download the DTE Energy Mobile app. When you do, you’ll be able to report an outage from your mobile device, and receive real-time updates via email, text messages or push notifications. Click here to download the app from the Apple Store or Google Play.
  3. Create and maintain an emergency kit. Ideas for items to include: battery-operated flashlight and extra batteries; NOAA weather radio; candles and holders; matches; first-aid kit; a three- to five-day supply of bottled water and nonperishable food; blankets and sleeping bags; and cash.
  4. Make medical-equipment arrangements if necessary. Customers who depend on electrically powered life-support equipment should ask their physician about an emergency battery backup system.
  5. Prevent costly basement flooding. If you live in an area prone to flooding, consider a battery backup for your sump pump if you have one. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

Be sure to visit dteenergy.com/storm for more information about power outages and our outage restoration process.