Storm Preparedness

Storm Kit

Plan ahead and organize items you may need in the event of a storm or emergency. Make sure all family members know where the kit is located.

At Home At Work
Inside the home:

For your employees and co-workers:
  • Turn your refrigerator to its coldest setting and leave the refrigerator closed. Food will stay fresher longer if the power goes out.
  • Turn off and unplug any unnecessary electrical equipment - especially sensitive electronics.
  • Place important documents in a safe box or other waterproof storage space.
  • Register your electrically operated medical equipment with Ameren.
  • Make sure your storm kit is ready.

Outside the home:

  • Fill your vehicle’s gas tank full.
  • Bring lawn furniture and other loose, lightweight objects inside.
  • If you have a swimming pool, turn off all pumps and filters and wrap them in waterproof materials.
  • Where possible, insulate or cover water lines, hose bibs, etc. when confronted with severe cold weather


  • Develop, post and review emergency plans, including evacuation routes.
  • Designate safe areas where employees should go during a storm. Interior hallways and rooms with no windows are the best locations.
  • Create a communication plan with your employees, including pre-arranged meeting points in case of telephone or cell phone outages.
  • Establish procedures for warning your employees of severe weather.

For your facility:

  • Make multiple back-ups to computer files and data. Store these records in a safe place.
  • Turn off all computers and unplug all lamps, radios and equipment in case of a power surge.
  • Prepare for your short-term and long-term energy needs. Consider installing a generator if necessary.
  • If available, park your vehicles in safe, protected areas, such as a covered garage.
  • Be sure electronic devices have battery backup.
  • Lock drawers and file cabinets.
  • Check first aid kids to make sure all supplies are stocked.


Use these tips to stay safe during an outage:

How We Prepare

When severe weather threatens, or when the National Weather Service issues weather warnings, Ameren's storm team is notified. This information is used to determine when and where to mobilize restoration crews.

Emergency Operation Centers (EOC)

When severe weather begins to cause damage to our system, we activate our Emergency Operation Center (EOC).

EOC personnel track the storm, coordinate preparation efforts, and, if the storm causes more damage than local crews can restore quickly, they immediately begin recruiting outside restoration help. Additional help first comes from other Ameren support and if more resources are needed, we contact mutual assistance partners (see below) to quickly get help from other utilities.

Storm Trailers
Storm trailers are mobile warehouses stocked with materials needed to help crews with their restoration efforts. The trailers are moved to staging sites close to the areas with the most damage.

Damage Assessment
Field checkers are dispatched immediately to begin assessing the damage to structures and equipment. The initial assessment helps us estimate the number of crews required, resources and materials needed, and the estimated restoration time.

A team coordinates staging sites, lodging, meals and other items necessary to support restoration crews.

Mutual Assistance Partners
Typically, our local crews handle outages in their area and make repairs safely and quickly. Mutual Assistance Partners help Ameren respond when storm damage is greater than we can manage with our internal resources.

We participate in Mutual Assistance with other utilities setting the framework for sharing of resources between companies.

Storm Preparedness

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