Prepare for possibility of extended outages
The weather forecast still predicts a significant ice event for the entire TCEC service area. Current weather models show more severity in Beaver County. As always this is just a forecast and could change at any time. Be prepared for the possibility of extended power outages.
CEO Zac Perkins said this in his message to members Tuesday, read the full message here.
“You can report an outage to TCEC by calling 580.652.2418 or using our SmartHub app. Please contact us today if you want assistance with setting up SmartHub.
“Again, preparation is so important with a serious weather event. TCEC will be ready to respond, if needed. As in the past, we’ll all work together to get through anything that comes our way. Stay safe.”
How Members Can Prepare
- Have flashlights with fresh batteries, fresh water in jugs or containers. Have canned food and a battery operated radio.
- If you have a generator that you hook up during a storm, be sure that it is hooked up properly and if you have any questions please contact TCEC. If it is not hooked up properly, it can backfeed onto our power lines causing a danger to other members as well as our linemen. Test it now and have adequate fuel and oil. Also, conserve generator fuel by turning down the temperature on your hot water heater and home heater during an extended outage. Make sure the generator's exhaust is not getting into your home or garage.
- Plan to use a safe alternate heating source, such as a fireplace or wood-burning stove during a power outage. Use caution and never leave the heating source unattended.
- Have a contingency plan in place for those who have a medical necessity for electricity. This includes backup power, extra supplies or an alternate location until the outage is over.
- Of course, if you see downed lines, please stay clear of the line. Always assume the line is energized. Drive with care as there could be downed poles and cross arms in the road.
- Call us today at 580.652.2418 if you want assistance with setting up SmartHub, the app used to manage your account and report power outages.
Visit www.tcec.coop or call 580.652.2418 for more information on preparing for extended outages.
# # #