In the lead-up to this year’s cyclone season, which begins in December, electricity provider Ergon Energy has urged customers whose health is reliant on a power supply to have a plan in place for unexpected power outages.
In the lead-up to this year’s cyclone season, which begins in December, electricity provider Ergon Energy has urged customers whose health is reliant on a power supply to have a plan in place for unexpected power outages. David P. Lewis

DEADLY: When power outages can endanger your life

FOR most residents, a power outage can be an annoying inconvenience, but for others it can be deadly.

In the lead-up to this year's cyclone season, which begins in December, electricity provider Ergon Energy has urged customers whose health is reliant on a power supply to have a plan in place for unexpected power outages.

Customer operations manager Cloe Kernick said, at this time of year, everyone should be prepared for the damage and disruptions storms could cause to the network's poles and wires.

"Severe tropical cyclones and flooding have the potential to take out community infrastructure and interrupt the electricity supply for many days," she said.

"That's why it is ideal for anyone in need of powered health equipment to have a comprehensive plan in place for power interruptions.

"This might include having a back-up generator at their premises, arranging alternative accommodation where the electricity supply hasn't been impacted or seeking medical assistance," Ms Kernick said.

She said customers should register medical requirements with their electricity retailer to ensure they could be contacted before any planned power interruptions.

To register, phone Ergon Energy Network on 13 74 66

To find out more information, search 'life support' at www.ergon.com.au



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