Don’t be caught off-guard. Prepare for the possibility of prolonged power outages before severe winter weather strikes.
Download the ‘SmartHub’ app and register your account so you can report a power outage from your smartphone. Phone lines may be busy during large outages. Follow TCEC on Facebook and Twitter for updates during outages.
Have extra water on hand, gather some basic tools like a flashlight, manual can opener and radio. Put aside a first aid kit and prescriptions for your family.
If you think you might use a generator, consider safety tips on page two and look into whole home standby power.
If the weather brings down poles and power lines, be sure to stay away from them and notify TCEC immediately. Keep others away until help arrives.
HOW TCEC PREPARES
As your local electric cooperative, TCEC takes several steps to prepare for outages. The first thing we do to prepare is try to avoid outages completely by hardening our electric system. When building new line or rebuilding line, we use thicker lines and shorter pole spans than the old construction standards. This decreases the likelihood of outages due to snapped poles and broken lines.
However, it doesn’t completely eliminate the possibility of outages so we constantly monitor the weather. Our cooperative subscribes to an ice prediction service that allows us to plan ahead. When ice is predicted, we notify members as soon as possible. Our philosophy is to ‘plan for the worst and hope for the best.’
As ice or other severe weather events approach, we sometimes stage equipment and personnel in the outer areas of our territory to ensure the fastest response time possible. In the past, we’ve also called in aid from other cooperatives and contractors to ensure we can restore power quickly in case of damage.
For more resources on power outage preparation, visit ready.gov.