Rapid City, SD - Sept. 14, 2017 — Wildfires, droughts, record-breaking heatwaves, tornados, flash floods, earthquakes, blizzards …
When it comes to natural disasters, there’s not a lot we can control.
But during September’s National Preparedness Month, you and your family can ready yourselves for a disaster so you’re not caught unaware.
“At Black Hills Energy, we plan and train so we’re ready whenever there’s an energy emergency,” said Nick Gardner, vice president of electric operations for South Dakota. “And we want to help our customers make sure they’re prepared in an emergency situation, too.”
It can seem daunting to consider everything you need to do during a disaster. But with a little research and planning, you can be prepared no matter what Mother Nature hurls at you and your family.
Emergency preparedness resources
How to prepare for a natural disaster
- Prepare an emergency plan, and conduct an emergency drill with your family.
- Prepare an evacuation plan for your home.
- Establish a place where you and your family can reunite.
- Prepare and maintain an emergency preparedness kit with enough supplies to be self-sufficient for at least three days.
Electric safety tips to practice during a disaster
- If you see a downed power line, call the Black Hills Energy emergency number at 800-694-8989 or 911 immediately.
- Assume any downed power line is energized; never touch a fallen line.
- Keep kids and pets away from any damaged or downed lines.
- Never try to rescue someone in contact with a power line.
- Unplug sensitive electric equipment (computers, TV’s, etc.) to avoid unexpected electric power surges.