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Power companies working to restore power after severe thunderstorm

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The third round of severe thunderstorms to hit the Inland Northwest in less than a month knocked out power to thousands of people, but this time Avista was ready. 

If you lost power, Avista encourages you to report it at www.avistautilities.com or call them at 1-800-227-9187. 

While Avista is working to restore power, they also are offering tips to get you through an outage.

  • Keep emergency supplies on hand, including: Flashlights with fresh batteries portable, battery-powered radio, wind-up or battery-powered clocks, water and nonperishable food, and a manual can opener. 
  • Make sure cell phones and tablets are fully charged and remember, cordless phones will not work without electricity. 

  • Know how to manually open and close any electric garage doors, security doors or gates. Protect sensitive electric equipment, such as computers, VCRs and televisions, by installing surge protectors or other power protection devices.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms and CO2 detectors have fresh batteries. Even those alarms that are wired to your home's electrical system should have a fresh back-up battery. 
  • Identify the operating requirements of gas equipment. 
  • During an outage, appliances with electronic ignitions will not work because electricity is needed to ignite the natural gas. In addition, appliances requiring fans or other electric devices to run (such as central heating units and gas clothes dryers) will not operate. 
  • It is important that customers with special medical needs or their caregivers take steps to ensure their safety by making arrangements ahead of time to prepare for potentially long-lasting interruptions in electric service. 
  • Plan ahead for storms or other service interruptions. 

During an outage, Avista recommends you: 

  • Turn off all the appliances you think were on before your power went out. 
  • Unplug your electronic equipment, including computers. Leave a light or radio on to let you know when you have service again. 
  • Don't wire an emergency generator into your home electrical system unless you have a disconnect switch to separate your generated power from Avista’s distribution system. Backfeed into power lines could injure or kill a lineman working to get electricity restored. 
  • Use your generator only to run specific appliances, and locate it outside so poisonous carbon monoxide fumes don't enter your home. 
  • If you see a downed power line, stay away. Treat all power lines as if they are carrying electrical current, and never touch or move one. 
  • To help Avista crews working in a neighborhood know which homes have power, turn on your front porch light.

POWER OUTAGE WEBSITES:

For the latest numbers on power outages across the region, CLICK on the link that applies to you:

AVISTA: https://www.avistautilities.com/safety/_layouts/avista/transactions/viewoutages.aspx

KOOTENAI ELECTRIC: http://www.kec.com/content/power-outage-updates

PEND OREILLE PUD: http://popud.org/

INLAND POWER AND LIGHT: http://outagecenter.inlandpower.com/outagecenterNEW.php

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