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Cowlitz PUD encourages customers to prepare for anticipated weather event - 10/13/16

Longview, WA -- An active weather pattern is headed our way Thursday through Sunday. At this time, confidence is high that there will be heavy rainfall across the Pacific Northwest and potential for gusty winds in the interior lowlands (Cowlitz County). Power outages can occur when high winds and rain stress the electric system. Falling trees can take down power lines causing the power to go out.

In the event of an electrical outage, Cowlitz PUD's focus is to restore power as safely and quickly as possible. Cowlitz PUD line crews are called out at the onset of a power outage and diligently to get the electricity back on. To assist in restoring power, Cowlitz PUD customers are encouraged to call the Outage Alert Hotline at (360) 423-1200. For up-to-date outages and tips on how to be prepared, please visit our Outage Alert page at: This will free up dispatchers to concentrate on restoration efforts. Typically, a power outage will last 2-4 hours but in severe weather, conditions can last all day or more.

If you're prepared for an outage, it is much easier to endure. Following are some ways to be prepared: * Have your current phone number registered with Cowlitz PUD. * Watch Cowlitz PUD's Twitter account for outage updates. This is a free service. * Have a flashlight and radio with fresh batteries and know how to find them in the dark. * Keep an ample supply of blankets on hand. * Stay warm by wearing extra layers of loose fitting clothing. Wear a hat, even while sleeping. * Have a two to three day supply of canned/packaged food and fresh water available. * Know how to open your garage door manually. Important advice to follow when the power is out: * STAY away from downed lines and NEVER TOUCH objects that are in contact with downed lines. * Teach your kids to never touch a downed line and to tell an adult if they see one. * NEVER use generators, grills, camp stoves, or other gasoline, propane, natural gas, or charcoal-burning devices INSIDE your home, basement, garage, or camper-or even outside near an open window. * Do not open the refrigerator/ freezer when power is off. A refrigerator keeps food cold for a few hours during an outage, while food in the freezer can stay frozen for two-to-three days-but the door must remain closed. * After an outage has begun, we recommend that you unplug appliances that will come on automatically (refrigerator, pump, etc.) once the power is restored. * Unplug any equipment with electronic circuitry-computer, television, microwave-which could be damaged by voltage fluctuations that could occur when power is restored.
About Cowlitz PUD Cowlitz PUD, founded in 1936, is a Public Utility District located in Longview, WA. It serves 48,500 electric customers in Cowlitz County, WA and is the second largest PUD in the state in terms of annual power sales. Cowlitz owns the 70-megawatt Swift No. 2 Hydroelectric Project on the North Fork of the Lewis River (WA). In addition, the PUD has partnered with other Washington and Oregon utilities to develop the 98.9-megawatt Harvest Wind and 205-megawatt White Creek Wind projects in the Columbia River gorge. Contact info, for media use only: Alice Dietz, Cowlitz PUD (360) 501-9146,