Power Outage Preparedness

Report an outage: 509-422-3310 or 800-922-7011

Report an outage: 509-996-2228

Report an outage: 509-634-4571




  • Sign up for Okanogan County Alert System

  • Inventory the items you need that rely on electricity.

  • Determine whether your home phone will work in a power outage.

  • Plan for batteries and other alternatives to meet your needs.

  • Keep mobile phones and other electric equipment charged and gas tanks full.

  • Review your power outage kit supply:

    • Flashlights

    • Batteries

    • Water

    • Nonperishable food

  • Check your breakers to ensure it's not isolated to your panel.

  • Check on your neighbors.

  • STAY AWAY from downed power lines or broken poles.

  • DO NOT attempt to remove fallen trees or branches tangled in power lines.

  • Be careful with candles and other open flames.

  • Keep freezers and refrigerators closed. The refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours. A full freezer will keep temperature for about 48 hours.

  • Generators:

    • ONLY use generators outdoors and away from windows!

    • Never try to power your house wiring by plugging the generator into a wall outlet. This can lead to the electrocution of utility workers or neighbors served by the same utility transformer.

  • Have alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or using power-dependent medical devices.

  • Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges.

  • Do NOT use a gas stove to hear your home.

  • Food - When in doubt, throw it out!

    • Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperature 40 degrees or higher for two hours or more, or that has an unusual odor, color, or texture.

  • Medication - If the power is out for more than a day, discard any medication that should be refrigerated, unless the drug's label says otherwise.

    • If a life depends on the refrigerated drugs, consult a doctor or pharmacist and use medicine only until a new supply is available.

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