As spring and summer approach, Xcel Energy is reminding customers to be prepared. Xcel’s John Marshall says before severe weather strikes, it’s a good idea to put together a home emergency kit…

“It’s a great place to have some items stored, like flashlights, batteries, maybe some back-up phone charges, bottled water, non-perishable foods, you know the real common sense items.”

And Marshall says if power outages occur, it’s important for customers to have access to the most recent updates about their power restoration. You can check with your local power provider for the latest on outages.