Winter Weather Center
Heavy snowfall and extreme cold can immobilize isolated areas, or even entire regions. Be aware of winter weather hazards no matter where you live, as even areas that normally experience mild weather can be caught off-guard.
MidAmerican Energy works year-round to prepare for and minimize storm-related outages. When storm-related outages occur, MidAmerican Energy employees focus on ensuring public safety, determining the extent of the damage, providing customers with all available information, and restoring service as safely and as efficiently as possible.
As part of its ongoing safety program, MidAmerican Energy also works closely with local and state public safety officials.
To assist customers’ storm preparations, MidAmerican Energy offers the following guidelines to help alleviate electric and natural gas hazards that can be created by snow and ice. When preparing for winter weather:
- If you see a downed line, assume it is an energized electric line and do not touch it. Touching an energized power line can cause serious injury. Call MidAmerican Energy immediately at 800-799-4443. If you have an emergency, call 911.
- If your storm preparations include a standby generator, inform MidAmerican Energy and make sure it is installed safely and properly. If it is not, you risk damaging your property and endangering yourself and MidAmerican Energy line workers who may be working on power lines some distance from your home.
- If you lose power to your home during a storm, check your fuses or circuit breakers first, then call MidAmerican Energy at 800-799-4443.
- Never assume someone else has reported a power outage. If you lose power during a storm, call MidAmerican Energy. Your information helps the company’s electric outage management system pinpoint the source of an outage and speed the restoration process.
- Keep fresh batteries in flashlights and lanterns for use during emergencies, and have extra batteries on hand.
- Never use a grill, space heater or portable generator intended for outdoor use inside your home. Similarly, never attempt to heat your home with a gas range. All can emit deadly carbon monoxide.
- Use caution and common sense in the placement of candles and oil lamps for light. Never keep candles burning when you go to bed. Keep them away from drapes and other materials that could catch fire. Avoid placing candles on low tables where pets or children could knock them off.
- Fill used liter-size plastic soda bottles with water and place them in the freezer now. During an extended outage, transfer them to your refrigerator to prevent food from spoiling. Open the refrigerator only when necessary, keeping warm air out and cooler air in. Food should remain usable for up to two days with minimal opening of refrigerator and freezer doors.