Hurricane season is upon us, are you prepared?

Before you know it, hurricane season will once again be upon us. For Texas, this falls between June 1 and November 30. A time of year when most of us will be paying extra attention to the local weather forecast. According to the National Weather Service, on average, 6 out of 12 tropical storms formed  over the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, or Gulf of Mexico become hurricanes.

Although it is impossible to control Mother Nature’s temperament, it is possible for us to be somewhat prepared should a hurricane hit Bexar County. May 5-11 is National Hurricane Preparedness Week. As with any major storm, the risk of power outages is possible. When this happens, it can be challenging for our crews to navigate flooded roads, heavy traffic and adverse weather conditions while they work to get the lights back on. To help you get through a potential power outage, be sure to be prepared with the following items:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers additional tips on how to prepare for and protect yourself during a power outage. One of the major causes of power outages are strong winds and lightning strikes. The following video illustrates what can happen to our system during storm and why sometimes you may not have power and your neighbor does.

Keeping the lights on for our customers is a responsibility we strive to achieve daily. Our crews are quick to react when storms hit our service territory. They are no strangers to working long days to outages affect us. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as our crews work quickly and safely to get your power back on.

Although there is never a good time to experience a power outage, there is a lot you can do to prepare yourself should you find yourself in one.

John Moreno

John is part of the Corporate Communications team at CPS Energy.

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