Whether a storm or heat wave is coming your way, it pays to be ready for tough conditions.
Winter Storms Can Be Tough on Electrical Systems
We prepare year-round to help get your power back on as safely and quickly as possible after a severe weather event. Here are some of the reasons winter weather can cause outages.
- High Winds. High winds can result in tree branches and limbs making contact with power lines.
- Freezing Rain. Ice accumulates and covers power lines, causing them to sag and break. (Never attempt or shake ice off lines. They are energized and highly dangerous.)
- Poor Driving Conditions. When roads are icy, snow-covered, wet or slick, it can create dangerous driving conditions. Resulting accidents could damage electrical equipment, such as poles.
How We Prepare: Getting Ready for Severe Weather
When outages occur, KCP&L calls on our well-trained crews to quickly and efficiently repair damage and restore your electricity. We’ve built our response strategies on past experience and best practices, ensuring that we operate as a well-oiled machine in challenging storm recovery conditions.
How You Can Prepare: Tips for Comfort and Safety
Being prepared is the best way to ensure your comfort and safety during a power outage due to a weather event. From making a storm kit to stocking up on groceries and water, take these steps to prepare when severe weather threatens the region.
Severe Weather Safety: For Winter Storms
While we can’t prevent inclement weather, we can take steps to safeguard ourselves and our homes. In winter storms and cold weather, KCP&L is always working to help you maintain your normal routine despite what’s happening outside. Supplement those efforts with these simple safety tips.