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.
Before the Storm
- Listen to the radio or watch television for forecasts and possible warnings. Have a battery-operated radio on hand.
- Bring in or tie down loose outdoor objects.
- Prepare your house. If your home is equipped with awnings, lower them or purchase approved storm panels. If these are not available, obtain strong plywood to cover your windows. If you cannot cover your windows, use a windowless room as a refuge.
- Listen to county and state officials regarding evacuations and shelter locations.
- Gather emergency supply items including: water, flashlights, batteries, first-aid kit, extra medicine, non-perishable food, manual can opener, fire extinguisher, candles and matches, toilet articles and sanitary needs.
During the Storm
- Remain inside. Listen to your radio for the all clear. Do not be misled by a lull. It may by the eye of the storm passing.
- Use your telephone for emergencies only.
- Conserve refrigeration. If you lose power, open the refrigerator only when needed.
After the Storm
- Stay clear of downed power lines, trees and debris.
- Listen to instructions from local officials.
- Do not drive across flooded roadways.
- Stay clear of moving water especially near rivers, streams and drainage systems.
- Stay tuned to radio (or TV if available) for weather and news bulletins.