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Outage Center

Coping With A Power Outage

What to do when your electricity goes off

Check your circuit breakers or fuses. If you don't already know the location of your main breaker or fuses, it's always a good idea to find out in order to either restore or disconnect your service during any type of electrical emergency on your premises.

 

Outage Restoration Procedure

How co-ops prioritize repairs after a major storm

Whenever the electricity goes out, we’ve come to expect service will be restored within a few hours at most. But when a major ice storm or tornadoes cause widespread damage, longer outages cannot be helped. Line crews work long, hard hours restoring service, but it’s a task that needs to be done methodically to be done safely.

Icy power lines

Here’s a refresher course on how electric cooperatives go about the task of restoring service after severe storms.

Every co-op follows a basic principle when it comes to restoring power: priority goes to the lines that will get the most people back in service the quickest. This usually begins with main lines and continues out to tap lines and then to individual service lines. Exceptions are made for people on life-supporting medical equipment. Notify your co-op immediately if someone in your family uses such equipment, and always have a backup generator ready.

 


 

Here's a step-by-step look at power restoration:

Utility work ahead

When you see the orange diamond-shaped Utility Work Ahead

or similar warning signs along the road, be sure to slow down and give the line crews plenty of room. They might just be working on the power line that powers your home.