DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – High winds are posing a major threat of uprooting trees or breaking off limbs. Dayton Power & Light crews say they are fully prepared for the outages this storm could bring.
Aside from DP&L, a tree service company is also ready to work through the evening, saying they are already getting calls from people worried and preparing for the worst.
DP&L crews dealt with ice storms and snow this winter, employing their emergency preparedness plan weekly.
Today, they are transitioning to deal with a spring storm system, but their plan is staying the same.
“DP&L is staffed. We’re staffed with our crews out in the field, we will train some crews as we watch the storm pass through as well as having people ready to answer the phones and making sure that we get a line person to handle your outage,” says DP&L Communications Director Mary Ann Kabel.
Kabel says wind is the most unpredictable factor in this system. That, paired with a saturated ground, makes trees falling onto power lines is a high probability.
She says having a storm kit on hand is key.
“Go and get a plastic tub, put in a flashlight, extra batteries, blankets, cash, some nonperishable food items just to be safe in case you experience an outage. And if you have any medicines that need refrigeration, now we’re into warmer weather, you want to make sure that you have accommodations where you can put it in a cooler and keep it at the right temperature,” says Kabel.
Certified Arborist, Michael Gray, says there are not many trees on leaves, which should help some.
But their trucks are gassed up, ready to respond to any damage.
“We’re preparing for probably a lot of uprooted trees, mostly evergreen, spruces, pine trees, mainly because the root systems are so shallow. Broken limbs, hopefully nothing hits anybody’s house but a lot of times it’s inevitable,” says Gray.
Gray also says now is the time to prepare for spring and the severe weather that could come along with it.
He recommends having a certified arborist come trim your trees so they can check for any cavities, rot, or dead trees at the same time.