JACKSON (WKZO) -- Consumers Energy says if you are without power, stay out of the refrigerator to keep it cold and preserve the food.
Conserve the batteries in your cell phone and laptop in case you need them.
Be careful if you are using a gasoline powered generator to keep the exhaust from coming into the house.
They say if heat becomes an issue, you may want to find alternative shelter, but don’t heat your home by running your gas stove.
If you haven’t already stocked up on emergency supplies you may want to obtain fresh batteries for items such as flashlights and weather radios.
Have a three-day supply of water and non-perishable food available, and don’t forget a first aid kit or any prescription medication if needed.
During and after a storm, people are advised to stay at least 25 feet from any downed lines and assume that every line is “live” and dangerous. Residents are also reminded to not touch anything a power line may be touching, including trees, fences, other debris and puddles.
Report any downed wires by calling 9-1-1 or Consumers Energy at 1-800-477-5050.