Animal Shelter Relying on Generators

Posted at 4:39 AM, Nov 20, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-20 04:45:54-05

WEST OLIVE, Mich. — The Harbor Humane Society in West Olive remains closed after storms knocked out electricity on Sunday.

The shelter is using small generators to help keep the cold temperatures out. Jeff Stiegman from the humane society said the shelter is actively seeking bottled water donations to help clean-up after the 300 animals.

“They are under enough stress here as it is, and as the temperature drops, stress becomes a bigger factor for the animals that are here,” said Stiegman.

As many remain without power Wednesday, Jason Smith with West Michigan Heating and Air Conditioning said that it’s important to keep a few simple safety tips in mind while operating generators.

Smith said to keep the generators exhaust away from any enclosed areas and to keep flammables at least six feet away. Smith also said don’t plug too many devices into a generator, and never attempt to attach it to a furnace without an electrician.

As of 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday, about 47,500 Consumers Energy customers remained without power.  The areas most affected by electric interruptions were: Allegan (2,349), Barry (3,469), Calhoun (3,363), Clare (3,297), Eaton (1,471),  Genesee (5,128), Gladwin (1,214), Hillsdale (1,287), Ingham (1,304), Iosco (1,981), Jackson (1,681),  Kalamazoo (4,864), Kent (955), Livingston (1,119), Midland (821) and Shiawassee (4,181).

For even more current information on power outages, click here for the Consumers Energy live outage map.