Avista Corp

Avista prepared for second wind storm expected to move through region

December 8, 2015

Report outages online at www.avistautilities.com or by calling (800) 227-9187

Spokane, Wash. Dec. 8, 2015, 4:30 p.m.:  For the second time in three weeks, Avista is gearing up for a wind storm that is moving through the region tonight and Wednesday. While the wind is not projected to be as strong as the Nov. 17, 2015, storm, there is still the possibility of outages from falling trees, causing downed power lines.

At this time, Avista crews are ready with fueled and stocked fleet vehicles, warehouse supplies are in place in Spokane and outer offices, assessment teams are standing by along with wire guard teams to help ensure public safety near downed power lines, tree crews are prepared, and employees are moving from their typical day-to-day responsibilities to assist in storm-related activities.

Avista has made initial outreach to potential mutual aid crews throughout the west. Contract crews working on Avista-related projects will move to outage restoration, as needed.

Remember to call Avista immediately at (800) 227-9187 to report the location of a downed power line or if you smell natural gas.

Reporting an outage

Customers who experience a power outage are encouraged to report it online or through their mobile device at www.avistautilities.com/outage or by calling (800) 227-9187. Updated outage status information, including estimated restoration times, is also available on Avista’s Website when known, as well as on Avista’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/avistautilities) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/avistautilities).

Safety during a power outage

Avista suggests customers take the following steps during an outage:

  • If you see a downed power line, stay away. Treat all power lines as if they are carrying electrical current, and never touch or move one. This storm is expected to include rain, which can create standing water and increase the danger with down power lines.
  • Do not wire an emergency generator into a home’s electrical system, unless there is a disconnect switch to separate generated power from Avista’s distribution system. Backfeed into power lines could injure or kill a lineman working to get electricity restored.
  • Use a generator only to run specific appliances and locate it outside so poisonous carbon monoxide fumes do not enter the home.
  • Turn off all the appliances that were on before the power went out.
  • Unplug electronic equipment, including computers.
  • Leave a light or radio on as an alert when power has been restored.
  • Help Avista crews working in a neighborhood know which homes have power by turning on the front porch light