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Otter Tail Power urges residents to be prepared for storms

Published 9:40am Wednesday, June 5, 2013 Updated 11:42am Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Summer often brings extreme heat and storms, often accompanied by wind.

Summer storms can cause unpredictable electrical outages.

To help its customers and neighbors prepare for severe summer weather, Otter Tail Power Company has storm readiness information posted on its web site, www.otpco.com. There you’ll find suggestions for assembling a storm kit, a summer storm safety guide, and a few brief videos about storm preparation.

The web site also directs customers to Twitter, where they can sign up to receive updates from the company during significant outages.

In addition, Otter Tail Power Company’s Safety Services Manager Eric Hamm advises residents and visitors to the area to keep ahead of storms by listening to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio and by checking www.weather.com, commercial radio, and television for the latest heat advisories, storm watches (prepare for severe weather conditions), and storm warnings (severe weather conditions have begun or are about to begin).

A battery-powered NOAA Weather Radio and portable radio should be part of your emergency storm kit.

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