KCP&L Offers Updates and Tips for Upcoming Storm

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KCP&L PREPARES FOR A WINTER STORM, OFFERS CUSTOMER SAFETY TIPS 
 
Kansas City, Mo. (Jan. 31, 2011) — The National Weather Service issued warnings for extreme weather conditions in KCP&L’s service territory through the next few days. Both KCP&L crews and contract crews have been placed on standby alert and additional restoration materials have been staged at various locations throughout our service territory. 
 
If power outages occur as a result of this storm, these crews will be called upon to restore power as quickly and as safely as possible. In addition, employees in KCP&L’s 24-hour Emergency Operations Center are currently working with local communities to prepare customers for the storm. 
 
KCP&L wants to remind customers of tips to stay safe during this storm: 
 
  • Prepare a winter storm kit by gathering extra supplies for your home and your car, including: 
    • First-aid kit and essential medications 
    • Battery-powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries 
    • Canned food and can opener 
    • Bottled water 
    • Warm clothing, blanket, coat, gloves, hat and water-resistant boots for each family member 
  • Stay indoors during the storm, if possible. If you must move to an alternate location, dress warmly with several layers of clothing, wear gloves and a hat to avoid exposing your skin to dangerous wind chill. 
  • Walk carefully on snowy and icy surfaces. Avoid traveling by car and risk being stranded, but if you must travel:
    • Carry a "disaster kit" in the trunk. 
    • Keep the car's gas tank full for emergency use and to keep the fuel line from freezing. 
    • Always let someone know your destination, route of travel and expected time of arrival. 
    • Carry a cell phone if you have one. 
For family members on a life support system, plan for arrangements to get them to a location where their needs can be met in the case of a power outage. In addition, contact KCP&L at
  • During an outage do not open your refrigerator or freezer more than necessary. Undisturbed food will remain frozen in most freezers for up to 48 hours. 
  • If using a portable generator during an outage, follow the manufacturer’s safety and operating guidelines. Operate the generator in a well-ventilated area; never indoors or your garage. Dangerous carbon monoxide fumes can build up and cause serious injury or death.
 
About KCP&L: 
Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE: GXP) is the holding company of Kansas City Power & Light Company and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company, two of the leading regulated providers of electricity in the Midwest. Kansas City Power & Light and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations use KCP&L as a brand name. More information about the companies is available on the Internet at www.greatplainsenergy.com or www.kcpl.com.