Consumers Energy passes along thoughts, in their own words, on dealing with what could be a “big deal” weather front.

“Heavy, wet snow and high winds are expected across much of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula beginning Wednesday afternoon and continuing through Thursday afternoon. Up to a foot of snow is possible in eastern portions of the state and wind gusts up to 50 mph. Consumers Energy employees are preparing for an increase in power outages due to storm activity.

“To help the public prepare for what to do before, during and after a storm, we encourage the media to visit and share with the public for helpful tips. At this location, the public can visit the online outage map for updates, report an outage and get other useful information. Customers can also call Consumers Energy at 1-800-477-5050 to report their power outage.

“In addition, Consumers Energy residential and business customers can sign up to receive outage alerts. Residential customers can visit Consumers Energy’s new website to set their alert preferences. Business customers can sign up for text alerts by texting REG to 232273 (CECARE) and providing their account number when prompted. Standard text charges may apply.