Cooperative members should be prepared for times in which extended power outages may occur. Especially during times of extreme weather conditions like ice storms and tornadoes.

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Remember, during an extended outage a number of individuals will be needing assistance at the same time. Some ways to be prepared are as follows:

  1. Gather emergency supplies, such as candles, matches, flashlights and batteries, a battery-operated radio, a manual can opener and canned food.
  2. Keep an adequate supply of non-perishable food and water on hand. Fill all bath tubs and large pots with water in advance of the storm.
  3. Know the location of the fuse box or circuit breaker in your home.
  4. Learn how to reset the circuit if necessary or change a blown fuse.
  5. Have a backup heating source such as a wood stove, fireplace or portable heater. This will help keep you warm and water pipes from freezing.
  6. Identify the most insulated room in advance. That's where you and your family can gather if you need to stay warm.
  7. If you have someone in your home with medical equipment, have a plan to move them to a safe place if the power is off for an extended period of time.
  8. Turn off the circuit breaker for your HVAC system and water heater(s) to reduce a high demand for electricity once the power does come back on. This will help prevent an overload that can cause it to go off again.
  9. Leave the front porch light on so you and line crews have a visual indicator your electricity has been restored.
  10. Find out ahead of time how to manually override an electric garage door.


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