RENO, Nev., (KOLO) The first significant storms of the season are almost here. NV Energy says it's ready.
Their concern is with the heavy snow forecast for the mountains and the Tahoe Basin. There isn't any great concern down here in the valley. Any problems are most likely to show up in the higher elevations.
That said, any combination of heavy snow and wind can cause problems: cars sliding into power poles. tree branches breaking, coming down on power lines.
Those incidents can cause not only outages, but physical danger as well.
"Our biggest concern, treat every downed line you see as a live line," says NV Energy's Director of Grid Reliability. "Call 9-1-1 immediately. Make sure you're prepared. Have an emergency kit with blankets, flashlight, batteries, first aid, in case you need it."
Of course, report any outage online or call 775-834-4444.
And, he adds, a special caution for those being supported by medical devices. Call them immediately; they'll get to you as soon as possible.
Finally, there's nothing special about these storms. They're just the first significant ones of the season. So all of this advice is good for the winter season ahead.
NV Energy is briefed by the weather service on a regular basis, so they make sure they've got the manpower to respond to any problems.