Just in time for the snow, it is Winter Hazard Awareness week in Minnesota. Xcel Energy is reminding people the first step in solving a weather-related power outage is to report it.

“It’s good for us to get that information from our customers, we’re prepared for inclimate weather events, we have crews staffed up always and we’re poised to respond across all of our territories.”

Spokesman John Marshall says people can also put together home emergence kits including essentials like flashlights, bottled water and an emergency radio. Residents can also sign up for outage notifications on xcelenergy.com.