Storm Resources & Links
If the Lights Go Out
Seasonal storms can strike without warning, toppling trees and power lines and making an unsafe environment for you and your family – not to mention the fact that you could lose electricity during any storm. Make sure you are prepared, no matter the season, for storms.
Your cooperative will be on the road immediately to make repairs and to restore your electric service as quickly as possible. If the storm was a major one, and the damage and outages are extensive, we will call on our fellow cooperatives for assistance.
Here is a checklist of items that you will need at your fingertips, should the electricity go out during a storm:
- A battery-powered flashlight
- A battery-powered radio, so you can be abreast of the latest news surrounding the storm
- Extra batteries
- Candles and matches (Never leave burning candles unattended)
- Non-perishable food
- Wind-up clock
- Plenty of bottled water
To aid your co-ops in servicing you faster and more efficiently, and to prevent an overload on the electrical system, you can do the following:
- Turn off your appliances and inside lights.
- Turn off your thermostat to your heating and cooling system.
- Turn on a porch light so the co-op workers know when your power has been restored.
View the latest weather updates from the resources listed below. Also, read about federal and state agencies that may be able to assist you following a storm.
The Weather Channel www.weather.com
National Weather Service www.nws.noaa.gov
National Hurricane Center www.nhc.noaa.gov
The American Red Cross www.redcross.org/home
North Carolina Emergency Management www.ncem.org