Be prepared for winter storms

Posted on Nov 30 2022 in Boone REMC

With colder temperatures upon us, be sure you are prepared for winter storms! Heavy snow and ice can lead to downed power lines, leaving our members without power. During extremely low temperatures, this can be dangerous. During power outages, our crews work as quickly and safely as possible to restore power, but there are a few things you can do to prepare yourself. 

Stay warm

Plan to use a safe alternate heating source, such as a fireplace or wood-burning stove during a power outage. These are great options to keep you and your loved ones warm, but exercise caution when using, and never leave the heating source unattended. If you are using fuel oil-, propane- or natural gas-burning devices to stay warm, never use them indoors. Remember that fuel- and wood-burning sources of heat should always be properly ventilated. Always read the manufacturer’s directions before using.

Stay fed

The CDC recommends having several days’ supply of food that does not need to be cooked handy. Crackers, cereal, canned goods and bread are good options. Five gallons of water per person should also be available in the event of an extended power outage. For more information on food safety during a power outage, visit

Stay safe

When an outage occurs, it usually means power lines are down. It is best not to travel during winter storms, but if you must, bring a survival kit along, and do not travel alone. If you encounter downed lines, always assume they are live. Stay as far away from the downed lines as possible, and report the situation to us by calling 800-897-7362.

Winter weather can be unpredictable and dangerous, but planning ahead can keep you safe. 

Ready for winter?

With our app you can report a power outage FAST. Download the SmartHub app from your device’s app store.