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Mesa offers energy safety during monsoon

The Mesa Transportation Department has sandbags available for storms. (City of Mesa)

Monsoons can damage electric infrastructure and may result in extensive and widespread power outages. While the natural gas system is mostly underground and storms often have no effect on natural gas delivery or infrastructure, during a monsoon it is possible to have destructive forces that cause a natural gas emergency. Maximize your family’s ability to stay safe before, during and after each storm. Learn about and practice energy safety.

Monsoon is not a time to fear; it is a time to be prepared.

  • Review and refresh your family’s knowledge of electric and natural gas safety, both inside and outside your home.
  • Have an emergency plan and kit prepared and ready to put into action.
  • Know what to do during and after any resulting energy outages.

During the storm

Since many natural gas appliances do not require electricity, they are safe to use during a monsoon. However, if you smell natural gas or hear a hissing sound coming from appliances or meters, leave the building immediately, go to a safe location and call the city of Mesa at 480-644-4277 (GASS) or call 911.

After the storm

If your home or yard is damaged by a storm, have your appliances and customer-owned piping inspected by a professional. At least two days before digging to repair any damage, remember to call Arizona 811 to have underground facilities marked. It’s a free call and it’s the law.

Power outages or infrastructure damages can be more widespread and last longer than the thunderstorms or windstorms of a monsoon. In the event a utility damage causes a disruption of service, it is helpful to be prepared. Plan, take appropriate precautions, and know how to react to minimize any inconvenience and most importantly to maximize safety.

Knowledge and preparation is the best way to “weather” any storm. For more information, visit: mesaaz.gov/energy.

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