A little pre-planning is key in winter storms, including having these valuable phone numbers at your fingertips.
Why Do We Need These?
Here we go again with another wind/rain/snow event that threatens to shut down our electricity and make traveling treacherous. As someone who travels to work early in the morning, when the roads are mostly devoid of other cars, I've learned a few things about keeping myself safe. So I took those ideals and applied them to winter storm survival, especially making sure that I had the numbers I needed to ease the stress.
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What Numbers Do I Need?
Electric Company - Program the outage line number into your phone, so you're not scrambling to find a bill. Add your account number to the 'notes' section of that contact entry so, again, you have it at the ready.
Central Maine Power's Outage Line - 800-696-1000
Versant Power's Outage Line - 207-973-2000 or 1-855-363-7211
Spectrum - If you want to report that your Spectrum service is out, call 833-267-6094.
Local Police Department - If you have a serious crash on winter roads, you'll call 911 (and who doesn't know that number by heart). But one morning when I slid off the road and just needed a tow truck to pull me back onto the roadway, I was glad I had emergency numbers in my phone.
Local Fire Department - If your outage includes a hazardous situation, like power lines in the road, it's a good idea to contact the fire department. They may just set up some cones until the utility crews can get there, but they'll appreciate that you let them know about it.
Tow Truck/AAA - Enter AAA's roadside and battery service number into your phone and program your AAA member number in the 'notes' section of the contact entry on your phone so that even if you don't have ready access to your card, you can call for help. And if you don't have AAA (or something similar), you should program in the number of a local towing company.
Insurance Company - Whether you're calling because of a car crash or because a large tree limb just took out your garage, you don't want to be searching the house for a bill so you can call and report it.
Stay safe this winter and good luck weathering the storm. Here's hoping it's not as bad as predicted. But, just in case, take a few minutes today to make sure you're prepared.
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