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Winter Storm Power Outages

1/4/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Marshall, Sedalia and Columbia are here to help when the weather gets bad and it takes a toll on your property.

Winter in Mid-Missouri can be gruesome. Winter storms can bring sleet, snow, wind, and the dreaded ice. It can last a few hours or several days, even knocking out power. Be prepared for winter storm power outages and know what to do during and after to keep your family safe.


  • Make sure your home is properly insulated.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors with battery backup.
  • Keep an emergency storm kit ready and easily accessible.
  • Know how to shut off water valves.
  • Have an alternate plan for medications that require refrigeration.
  • Maintain food supplies that do not require refrigeration.
  • If temperatures reach below 55 degrees, let faucets drip to avoid freezing.


  • Call the power company when the electricity goes out.
  • Keep refrigerators and freezers closed.
  • Only use generators outdoors and away from windows.
  • Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges.
  • Gather in central room where there is an alternative heat source (fireplace, kerosene space heater, etc.). Do not use a gas appliance to heat your home.
  • Check on your neighbors.


  • Watch out and stay away from a damaged power line. Even utility workers can’t tell if a power line is energized just by looking at it.
  • When in doubt, throw the food out.
  • Check on your neighbors.

If a winter power outage has caused busted frozen pipes in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Marshall, Sedalia and Columbia. We are Here to Help with your water damage 24/7/366.

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