- Dress warmly and gather blankets to stay warm.
- If you can, spend your time away from the house, running errands, completing chores, etc.
- Have arrangements in place to stay with unaffected friends or relatives if an extended outage is expected. Visit the Outage Center on our web site to view a map of known outages. In the event of large, widespread or prolonged outages we will post updates on the status of the outage.
- If your home is involved in a large outage, turn off or disconnect your major appliances. Once power is restored, turn them back on gradually; CEC recommends one every ten minutes. This is necessary because utility electrical systems can experience a problem known as "cold loading" when the system is re-energized and is immediately faced with serving high demand, possibly causing protective systems to engage and extend the outage.
- If you are using a portable generator, DO NOT connect it to your home's electrical system without a cutover switch installed by a licensed electrician. Doing so would create a safety threat to our linemen working on the system. Without a cutover switch, generators should only be used to run individual devices or appliances.
Also, ODOT officials in Bend put out the following 'Extreme Weather Advisory on Thursday:
Travelers in Central Oregon, especially South Central Oregon, should plan ahead for the possibility of extreme cold and snowy and icy roads as weather forecasters are predicting extreme weather conditions in the region starting Thursday night into Friday.
Driving on icy roads can be dangerous. Motorists should pay attention to the weather and road forecasts and plan transportation alternatives until conditions improve.
Those who must travel on snowy or icy roads should:
Call 5-1-1 or visit www.TripCheck.com for the latest real-time traffic updates and camera views of Oregon’s highways.
Use chains, winter traction tires, or studded tires;
Slow down and be prepared for slow traffic;
Leave extra stopping distance and:
Maintain additional space between your vehicle and the one ahead.
Make sure your vehicle is stocked with the following:
Flashlight and cell phone (with charger);
Extra food and water;
Blankets and extra warm clothes, boots, hat and gloves; and
Ice scraper and snow brush.
For additional resources on winter driving and preparedness, please visit: http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/COMM/Pages/winterdriving.aspx
ODOT crews have treated the roadways with anti-icing materials due to sub freezing temperatures. While, the anti-icing chemicals help reduce roadway freezing by lowering the freezing temperature of water, the chemicals do not prevent the road from freezing. Also, any melting snow can dilute these chemicals and cause the roads to freeze.
While ODOT crews will be on the roads working around the clock plowing, sanding and using anti-icing materials, motorists should expect hazardous driving conditions as severe weather persists.