Prepare Yourself for Winter Storms and Potential Outages

With the prediction of severe weather conditions, we want our members to be cautious and have all the supplies they need in case.

 Have Plenty of Food

  • Keep a 3- to 5-day supply of drinking water in plastic bottles
  • Plan on at least 1 gallon of water per person, per day
  • Store a manual can opener with enough nonperishable foods for 3 to 5 days
  • Canned meats, tuna fish and peanut butter are good foods to store – Don’t forget pet foods!
  • Conserve water by using paper plates and plastic utensils
  • Have a camp stove or grill for outdoor cooking

 Stay In Touch

  • Have a portable, battery-powered radio and alarm clock
  • Have one non-portable phone that will work even if power is interrupted
  • Plan where to meet and how to communicate with family members if separated
  • Keep essential family member contact information near your phone, in your wallet, and in your glove compartment

 Keep Things Going

  • Keep plenty of gas in your car
  • Keep extra batteries, matches, propane, charcoal and firewood

 Stay Happy, Healthy & Warm

  • Coordinate with neighbors for care of the elderly and disabled living alone
  • Maintain a supply of prescriptions, nonprescription drugs, vitamins and special dietary foods
  • Playing cards, books, drawing and writing supplies, and board games help pass the time – If you have a video camera and tapes, your family can make a storm documentary
  • Use plastic trash bags and ties for garbage
  • Put first-aid kits in your home and car
  • Make sure you have cold weather clothing, foul weather gear, blankets and sleeping bags
  • Use flashlights and other battery-operated lighting instead of candles
  • Keep fire extinguishers fully charged


Ways to report an electric outage:
1) Visit and click "Report an Electric Outage."
2) Download the "SCI Connect" app
3) TextPower,
4) Call (800) 264-7362 or (765) 342-3344

Reminder – Outages cannot be reported through the SCI REMC Facebook page.