Preparing for Severe Weather

When severe weather is coming your way, it pays to be ready for tough conditions.

Severe weather safety

During severe weather, we take steps to prepare and so can you. Find out how we prepare, how you can prepare and other general ways to stay safe below. 

If you experience an outage, report it online and view our outage map for more details. 

Exercise caution in flooded areas

  • Stay away from power lines and pad-mounted transformers in flood areas.
  • Don't walk in standing water or ares of debris. Energized and dangerous power lines may not be visible.
  • Don't ride a watercraft near power poles and power lines, as they can be energized and deadly. 
During this flood warning, KCP&L's monitoring and preparedness efforts are comprehensive. We're coordinating with emergency management agencies, staging replacement equipment near potential flood-zone areas, patroling transmission line infrastructure near the river and checking the routine maintenance and tuning of equipment throughout our service area.

What weather hazards cause outages?

  • Freezing Rain

    Ice accumulates and covers power lines causing them to sag and break. (Never attempt to shake ice off lines–they're energized and highly dangerous.)

  • High Wind

    High winds can result in tree branches and limbs making contact with power lines. 

  • Flooding

    When flooding occurs, power poles and power lines can be energized and deadly. Do not venture into standing water or areas of debris. 
  • Poor Driving Conditions

    When roads are wet or slick, it can create dangerous driving conditions. Resulting accidents could damage electrical equipment, such as poles.

  • How to prepare for severe weather...

    How KCP&L prepares

    When severe weather comes, we're also preparing. Find out how.

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    How you can prepare

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    Financial or medical options for those struggling during severe weather months.

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