As we saw earlier this week, ‘tis the season for spring storms.
George Justice, senior director of division operations for Ameren Illinois, urges residents to be prepared for bad weather. He said everyone should have a storm kit that includes non-perishable foods, water, a sleeping bag, first aid materials, and batteries. He said you should also make sure you have access to any required medications and that your cell phone is charged, in case you’re without power for a while.
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If you see a power line down, call Ameren Illinois to report it and stay away from the line.
Justice was asked how Ameren Illinois decides which buildings are the first to have electricity restored, noting that vulnerable populations, like nursing homes and hospitals, are a priority. After that, the customers that can be brought back the fastest are usually first. He emphasized that people in more remote areas are not forgotten about, but usually have power restored later because the goal is to get power restored to the most people as possible as quickly as possible.
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Justice advised Ameren Illinois is now using drones to help assess damage in some areas affected by storms.
George Justice from Ameren Illinois will be the guest on Sunday’s WGEL Public Affairs program after the noon news.