December 21, 2022 — This week’s predicted winter weather is expected to bring rain, rapidly freezing temperatures, snow and strong winds to the area, and conditions may impact your holiday weekend.
Depending on your destination, travel may be hazardous beginning on Thursday. We advise you to monitor local forecasts and make an emergency supply kit for your car that includes jumper cables, a flashlight, sand, warm clothes, blankets, bottled water and non-perishable snacks. It is also important that you keep your gas tank full and monitor snow emergency levels at your location and destination.
POSSIBLE POWER OUTAGES
AEP Ohio is closely monitoring the storm system as it moves closer to the area. The following is a list of their storm preparedness and safety tips:
- Assemble or refresh an emergency kit that includes (at minimum) non-perishable food, water, a flashlight, batteries, a battery-powered radio, a first aid kit, any necessary medications, fully charged portable chargers, extra cash and maps of your area.
- Develop an emergency preparedness plan for you and your family. Decide now what you’ll do if there’s an extended power outage, factoring in any planned holiday travel. Also, contact family, friends and neighbors who are elderly or have a medical condition — and don’t forget to include your pets in your planning.
- Stay away from any downed wires and report any hazards through the AEP Ohio mobile app, call 911 and AEP Ohio at (800) 672-2231.
- Do not attempt to remove tree limbs or debris within 10 feet of a power line.
- Limbs, leaves and other objects moved by the wind and ice build-up could hide downed wires. Investigate your surroundings before trying to clean up any debris.
- Notify AEP Ohio if you’re using a generator. This protects you and our lineworkers as they work to restore power.
- Never operate lanterns, heaters or fuel-fired stoves without proper ventilation.
- Unplug major appliances to protect them when power is restored.
- Refuel heaters, lamps and generators outside and away from any flames or sparks. Wipe up spilled fuel immediately.
- Never burn charcoal indoors — it releases poisonous carbon monoxide.
- For the health and safety of AEP Ohio crews, please stay at least 6 feet away from our employees, vehicles and equipment.
AEP Ohio’s latest advisory can be found in its entirety by clicking HERE.
Updates will be posted to the City’s social media pages and Gahanna.gov during this weather event. City Hall’s main number – (614) 342-4000 – will also be updated with relevant weather-related information.