Snow sleet freezing rain and high winds could leave us without power at any moment in CNY.

National Grid reminds you that weather forecasters are calling for high winds with heavy, wet snow in our region. National Grid warns customers to clear gas vents of snow and ice. Blocked vents can cause the deadly buildup of carbon monoxide. They also remind customers to never touch downed power lines; always assume they are carrying live electricity. Downed lines should be immediately reported to National Grid at 1-800-867-5222 or to your local emergency response organization.

  • If you have no power, then disconnect computers, televisions, and microwaves, to avoid a power surge when electricity is restored.
  • Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors shut, food will stay fresh six to nine hours without spoiling. Frozen foods will keep about 24 hours.
  • Have a stockpile of ready to eat food. Things like peanut butter, summer sausage, granola bars, nuts, and water is a good start.
  • Have plenty of flashlights and batteries. Candles are also great but remember they're a fire hazard.
  • Purchase a battery-powered radio for further information from 96.1 The Eagle.
  • Download the 96.1 The Eagle Mobile App. You'll receive local alerts, weather reports and more with push notifications for breaking news.
  • Have a car charger for your phone. Use your car to keep your cell phone charged so you can keep in contact with your neighbors and the elderly.
  • During the winter, it's a good idea to keep at least a half of a tank of gas in your car.

Get up to information on power outages throughout Central New York; where it’s out and when it’ll be restored with National Grid’s Power Outage Map.

National Grid also offers text alerts on the latest efforts to restore power.

To receive free text message alerts and updates, text the word STORM to NGRID (64743). E-mail alerts are available to customers who create an online profile on the company’s website. All alert services can be started and stopped at the customer’s request.

You can even report power outages or get the latest information at National Grid’s website.

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