One of the main methods to view current power outages is through an energy company's website. Energy companies that provide a specific region with energy most likely contain a power outage map feature. If a map is not available, contacting the energy company by phone provides all critical outage information.
If necessary, it is possible to find the name of the energy provider on past billing statements. The next step is to locate the provider's company website. For example, the website for DTE Energy is DTEenergy.com. Once on the provider's website, find the section for residential or commercial information, depending on which one you need. The residential section most likely contains the critical outage information.
Within the residential section, a typical energy company website contains a safety section. This section includes tools to report down power lines or other hazards to the general public. It also contains critical information for the public. Outage information typically is provided in this section as well.
Interactive outage maps are a useful tool for customers. The maps are sortable by ZIP code and city name. This provides each customer with personalized information pertaining to a possible outage. Along with the location features, maps typically contain multiple colors that represent the density of affected customers. This allows site users the ability to grasp the magnitude and severity of the power outage.