Your Partner in Hurricane Preparation

If you’ve lived in a “hurricane-friendly” region for a while, you’ve heard it all before.  If you’re new to the possibility, there’s a good chance you are unsure of how to get and stay prepared.   No matter who you are you need the same thing: good information and a solid plan.

While Direct Energy can’t control the weather, we can help our customers and partners learn all they can about hurricane preparedness.  We are committed to working tirelessly to helping the people and communities we serve prepare, react, and recover.  Visit our Hurricane 101 page for information critical to helping you before, during, and after a storm.

Before the Storm
Make sure you stay up to date on weather forecasts, especially when bad weather occurs.  Situations can develop quickly, so find good sources of information and keep them nearby.  Direct Energy has the information you need to stay in the know.

  • Hurricane prediction experts expect this season to be “extremely active”. That means lots of storms, so stay prepared.
  • Know how to prepare and where to go if a storm does occur.  All the time you spend planning ahead of time can save critical time in the event of a storm.
  • Print out the appropriate phone numbers at the bottom of this post. That way you will know who to contact if the power goes out.

During the Storm
Once a storm hits, how will you react?   Direct Energy has some great ideas on how to safely and sanely weather the storm.  Most hurricanes bring little damage, mostly inconvenience and occasional boredom.  It’s still very important to stay safe, and Direct Energy has good safety information about that too.

After the Storm
Once the storm has cleared, it’s time to assess the situation.  Do you still have power?  Is there damage to your home or office?  Has weather subsided?  Direct Energy has some post-storm tips to get you started.  Most importantly, a convenient outage tracker helps you understand the scope of the situation and current estimates for restoration.

If you have lost power, food and water safety is critical.  And remember that boredom we discussed?  Direct Energy even has a cure for that!

Hopefully the 2012 storm passes quickly, leaving behind only a little bit of needed rain and no real drama.  If a hurricane does develop, Direct Energy is ready to stand by your side, from the first rain drop to the blue skies eventually to come.

Should you lose power, here is a list of contacts you should have on hand. Write them down or program them into your cell phone as computer and/or landline access may be difficult when you lose power.

United States
Connecticut
Connecticut Light & Power
WebsiteEmergency Contact Information
United Illuminating Company
WebsiteEmergency Contact Information

Illinois
ComEd
WebsiteEmergency Contact Information
Nicor Gas
WebsiteEmergency Contact Information
Peoples Gas
WebsiteEmergency Contact Information

Maryland
Potomac Edison
WebsiteEmergency Contact Information
Baltimore Gas & Electric
WebsiteEmergency Contact Information
Delmarva Power
WebsiteEmergency Contact Information
Pepco
WebsiteEmergency Contact Information

Michigan
Consumers Energy
WebsiteEmergency Contact Information
Michigan Consolidated Gas Company
WebsiteWebsiteEmergency Contact Information

New Jersey
Public Service Electric and Gas
WebsiteEmergency Contact Information

New York
ConEd West
WebsiteEmergency Contact Information
Central Hudson
WebsiteEmergency Contact Information
National Grid
WebsiteEmergency Contact Information
National Fuel Gas Company
WebsiteEmergency Contact Information
National Grid
WebsiteEmergency Contact Information
Orange & Rockland
WebsiteEmergency Contact Information

Ohio
Columbia Gas of Ohio
WebsiteEmergency Contact Information
Dominion East Ohio
WebsiteEmergency Contact Information
Duke Energy
WebsiteEmergency Contact Information
Vectren
WebsiteEmergency Contact Information

Pennsylvania
Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania
WebsiteEmergency Contact Information
Duquesne
WebsiteEmergency Contact Information
PECO
WebsiteEmergency Contact Information
PPL Electric Utilities
WebsiteEmergency Contact Information

Texas
CenterPoint Energy
Website / Emergency Contact Information
Oncor Electric Delivery Company
Website / Emergency Contact Information
Texas New Mexico Power
Website / Emergency Contact Information
AEP Texas Central Company
Website / Emergency Contact Information

Canada
Ontario
Enbridge
WebsiteEmergency Contact Information
Union Gas
WebsiteEmergency Contact Information

British Columbia
Fortis BC (formerly Terasen)
WebsiteEmergency Contact Information
Pacific Northern Gas
WebsiteEmergency Contact Information

Manitoba
Manitoba Hydro
WebsiteEmergency Contact Information

Alberta
ATCO
WebsiteEmergency Contact Information
AltaGas
WebsiteEmergency Contact Information

Thanks to NOAA for this photo of “vintage” hurricane damage