Monsoons and the storms associated with them are serious stuff. They can come in fast and furious with little warning.
Please see the City of Mesa’s Monsoon Survival Tips below. You can download the original message in pdf form here.
Summer Energy Safety and Monsoon Survival Tips
June has arrived and the summer heat is almost in full swing. It’s also the time of year that we need to prepare for the start of our monsoon storm season. Dust storms (or haboobs) often wreak havoc on people and property and can result in serious damage. These storms produce powerful winds that can down utility poles and power lines and set up a scenario for prolonged power outages. Being prepared for the crazy summer weather and the storms they produce can help keep you safe and sound.
Staying safe during a storm
The best way to stay safe during a storm is to simply stay inside. Try to have a basic supply kit ready and follow the tips for handling an outage. Some things to remember:
- NEVER touch downed power lines or try to move them.
- Stay at least 100 feet away from downed lines – electricity can travel through the ground!
- Should a line fall on your car stay inside until professional help arrives. If your vehicle catches fire avoid making contact with the car and the ground at the same time as you exit. The best way is to jump from the vehicle and land with both feet together and then hop until you are at least 100 feet away.
- If you must drive through an area experiencing a power outage use extreme caution, especially at intersections. Treat intersections without power as a 4-way stop.
- Make sure to use extreme caution and stop at all railroad crossings as the signals may not be working.
- Call the City of Mesa utilities emergency number – 480-644-2266 or 911 to report an electrical emergency.
Be prepared to handle a power outage
Preparation is the key to getting through an unplanned power outage. Familiarize your family with escape routes, have a safety preparedness plan in place and create a basic supply kit. Some key things to remember are:
- Have a first aid kit ready that includes any critical family prescription medications. Make sure the items in the kit are intact and that any medications are up to date.
- Keep a battery-operated radio or TV handy to access news reports. Have a fresh supply of batteries, as well as a good quality flashlight.
- Have plenty of bottled water available, one gallon per person minimum.
- Maintain a supply of food that won’t spoil and does not need cooking to prepare.
Other things to consider…
- If you have an automatic garage door make sure everyone knows how to open it manually.
- Know where the gas, water and electric shut off valves are and be familiar with the correct operation of each before an emergency happens.
- Keep a list of all important phone numbers handy (relatives, police, fire, hospitals, etc.)
- Always keep your important computer documents backed up and your computer system and entertainment equipment surge protected.
June is also dedicated to practicing natural gas and electric safety at home!
- RECOGNIZE an energy emergency. Know that natural gas smells like rotten eggs. Know that a downed power line is dangerous.
- REACT quickly to an energy emergency. Leave the area immediately and do not return until you are told to do so by an emergency official.
- REPORT energy emergencies promptly. In the event of a Natural Gas emergency, call 480-644-4277 or 911. If you see an Electric emergency call 480-644-2266 or call 911.
More energy safety tips
- Follow manufacturer instructions for the care and use of natural gas and electric appliances.
- If you ever smell natural gas (rotten eggs) call 480-644-4277 immediately!
- When using natural gas appliances look for the blue flame to ensure that the fuel is burning properly.
- Keep the areas around all appliances clean and unblocked to allow for air flow and avoid cords.
- Always call 811 before you dig to locate and mark all underground utilities in the area you will be digging.
- Install and test home smoke alarms to make sure they are functioning properly.
- Make a home emergency escape map. Pick two ways to exit and have a safe meet up place picked out.
- Practice safety drills for getting everyone out of the house quickly.
- Have an up to date and functional fire extinguisher in your home and know how to use it.
Remember, practicing energy safety is
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Annual Water Quality Report Now Available
Where does your drinking water come from and how does it stack up compared to EPA requirements? Find out by reading Mesa’s 2013 Water Quality Report, also known as the Consumer Confidence Report, at www.mesaaz.gov/water/pdf/2014ccr.pfd.
If you would like a hard copy of the report mailed to you, please call 480-644-6461.
Marketing/Communications Specialist II
Transportation – Energy Resources – Water Resources
PO Box 1466 ~ 300 E. 6th St.
Mesa, AZ 85211
W – (480) 644-6553 C – 605-661-8350