September is National Preparedness Month: Don't Wait for an Emergency to Prepare
- Lead SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH: DON’T WAIT FOR AN EMERGENCY TO PREPARE!
Make knowledge of energy safety part of your preparedness plans. Know how to recognize and react to an energy emergency.
ENERGY SAFETY DURING AND AFTER EMERGENCIES
Energy and other utilities may be damaged during emergencies and outages may occur. As part of emergency planning, it is important to learn how to detect an energy emergency and how to respond. Remember, regardless of your emergency plan; always follow the directions of on-site emergency officials.
Energy emergencies that would require you to go to a safe location and report the incident to the City of Mesa’s Energy Resources Department, SRP, and/or 911 include:
• You smell natural gas (a rotten egg smell) or hear a hissing sound coming from appliances or meters. Leave the area immediately and call the City of Mesa gas emergency hotline at 480-644-4277 (GASS) or call 911.
• You see a nearby transformer sparking or smoking. If there is a safe exit, leave the building immediately and call the City of Mesa electric emergency hotline at 480-644-2266 or if it’s an SRP electric emergency call their hotline at 602-236-8811. If you are unsure, call 911.
• You see a downed power line. Always assume it is energized and dangerous. Stay clear of the area and call the City of Mesa electric emergency hotline at 480-644-2266/SRP electric emergency hotline at 602-236-8811 or call 911.
• Electrical outlets begin to spark or smoke, or interior walls become hot to the touch. Leave immediately, go to a safe location and call 911.
When you return following an emergency, do not go inside a building until it has been cleared by emergency officials. For more information on energy safety, visit mesaaz.gov/energy.