It’s Severe Weather Awareness Week, also known as the best time to prepare for severe weather. Are you prepared for when the next disaster happens? This week, we’re encouraging you to prepare for severe weather. Here are some tips on what you should do before, during and after the storm strikes.

Before the storm

Assemble an emergency kit with the following items:

  • Flashlight or battery-operated lanterns
  • Extra batteries
  • Bottle water
  • Nonperishable food
  • Disposable plates and utensils
  • Wind-up or battery-powered clock
  • Corded telephone (cordless phones don’t work when the power goes out and your cell phone may not work if cell towers are affected)
  • First-aid kit
  • Cash
  • Blankets

Develop an emergency plan

Make a list of emergency phone numbers – Include DTE Energy’s toll-free number, 800.477.4747. Call this number and use our automated system to report power outages or downed power lines.

Download DTE Energy Mobile App to report an outage from your mobile device.

During the storm

Unplug all appliances  to minimize the danger of fire and to prevent an electrical overload when power is restored.

Leave one light on so you’ll know when power is restored.

After the storm

  • Follow DTE Energy’s restoration efforts on Twitter or Facebook
  • Stay away from downed wires
  • Report downed wires by calling 800.477.4747, through our website or mobile app

September is National Preparedness Month. This year’s theme is to be #PreparedNotScared. Visit every week in September for more insights and stories on how you can better prepare for disasters and keep your family safe. Want more tips? Follow DTE on Facebook and Twitter.