Storm Doris Feb 23rd 2017
You may have seen that bad weather is on the way and we are likely to see high winds in parts of the East of England tomorrow (Thursday, 23 February).
electricity network is built to be resilient but extreme weather can damage
overhead power lines resulting in some customers losing their electricity
supply. Where this happens we work to restore power as quickly and safely
as possible, and we have organised for additional staff in our contact centre
and more engineers on the ground to be available to help customers whose
electricity supply might be affected by the predicted weather.
You will be
able to find regular updates on our website www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk
and social media @ukpowernetworks throughout this period.
Anyone experiencing a power cut should:
Call 105 to report power cuts and damage to the electricity network
Visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk for the latest update
We advise people to stay clear of power lines and report damaged power lines immediately by calling 105 - free to call from a landline or a mobile phone. If they see electricity lines that are down or causing significant risk to the public they should call 999.
Preparing for a power cut - below is some additional advice on how you can prepare for a power cut:
- Keep our freephone number handy
- See the website for some useful videos offering you advice during a power cut.
- Keep spare batteries for radios and torches – local radio stations often broadcast helpful information
- Keep an old-fashioned corded phone which you can plug in, as cordless phones won’t work in the event of a power cut
- Take care if using candles, tea-lights and other naked flames
- Keep fridges and freezers closed, with a blanket over as they will stay cold for many hours
- Switch off all your electrical equipment, except one light which will let you know when the power comes back on
- Remember the street lights may also be off so take care if you go out
- Look out for elderly neighbours and other vulnerable people; please consider taking them round a flask of hot water or hot food