With severe weather in the forecast, Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) is taking steps to be able to respond quickly and safely if power outages occur.

The company is updating staffing plans to have extra field and contract crews available. Workers are also checking inventory of items like poles, transformers and other equipment and moving items to locations if need be.

Steps customers can take

Report outages
Customers can help WPS get a jump on power restoration by reporting outages. Customers have several ways to report outages.
• The free WPS mobile app
• Online at wisconsinpublicservice.com/OutageManagement
• Call 800-450-7240 and follow the automated prompts

For the fastest service, customers should have their account number ready or provide the phone number associated with their account.

Prepare for the storm
Customers should make sure any loose items in their yard or deck are put away or securely tied down. Customers are also encouraged to build an emergency kit that includes blankets, batteries, flashlight and a battery-powered phone charger. More tips are available at our website: wisconsinpublicservice.com/safety/storm.

Downed lines
If customers come across a downed line they should always assume it is energized. Customers should stay at least 25 feet away from the line and contact WPS or local law enforcement as soon as possible.