Consumers Energy Urges Residents To Prepare For Possible Power Outages Due To Severe Weather

Consumers Energy Urges Residents To Prepare For Possible Power Outages Due To
                                Severe Weather

PR Newswire

JACKSON, Mich., May 31, 2013

JACKSON, Mich., May 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers Energy is preparing for
possible power outages due to anticipated severe weather, and urges customers
and residents to also be ready in case of a storm.

Strong to severe thunderstorms along with high winds and possible isolated
tornadoes are in this weekend's forecast for most of Lower Michigan.

Consumers Energy crews are ready should this weather materialize. Headquarters
are being staffed beginning tonight and additional company and contractor
crews are on standby to quickly respond to any power outages caused by the
storms.

"As the spring storm season continues in Michigan, we're committed to doing
everything we can to deliver safe, reliable energy service to our customers
when severe weather hits. A wide range of company, contract personnel and
equipment have been mobilized to rapidly respond to any customer power
outages," said Michele Kirkland, Consumers Energy vice president of Energy
Operations.

Some important tips to help prepare for a storm include:

  oCharge electronic devices such as cell phones and laptops, and have fresh
    batteries available for items such as flashlights and weather radios.
  oHave 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.
  oDuring 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.
  oReport any downed wires by calling 9-1-1 or Consumers Energy at
    1-800-477-5050. 
  oIf flooding or another disaster should occur, check for the odor of
    natural gas before entering any area. If you think you smell this "rotten
    egg" odor, leave the area immediately and call 1-800-477-5050. Remember
    to replace any appliance submerged in water.

"Being prepared can help minimize the impact of a storm and can help you and
your loved ones stay safe. That's why it is so important to take time to make
a plan to deal with severe weather during any season," Kirkland added.

Customers who lose power should contact Consumers Energy at 1-800-477-5050 or
online at www.ConsumersEnergy.com. Customers can report an outage, get outage
information, including updated estimated restoration times, all on a detailed
map available at www.ConsumersEnergy.com/outagemap. The map is accessible via
both desktop computer and mobile devices.

Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), provides
natural gas and electricity to 6.6 million of Michigan's 10 million residents
in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

For more information regarding Consumers Energy, go to:
www.ConsumersEnergy.com or join us on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/consumersenergymichigan

SOURCE Consumers Energy

Website: http://www.consumersenergy.com
Contact: Debra Dodd, 517-545-8711, or Terry DeDoes, 517/374-2159
 
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