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We are officially on the cusp of summertime. Warm weather makes us eager to plan cookouts with friends and family and take the boat out on the lake. For cooperatives, this time of year always brings new risks and challenges. Warm weather fuels tropical storms, and experts are predicting an active season. As Tri-County EMC approaches its 85th storm season, crews and personnel stand ready to respond should any outages hit the cooperative’s service area.

When major storms knock out power, our line crews take all necessary safety precautions before they begin working on any downed lines. We encourage you to also practice safety preparedness at home to protect your family during major storms and outages.

Below, you’ll see a list of recommended items the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) suggests to have on hand during storm season. We encourage you to make a plan for yourself and your family, and visit www.ready.gov for additional resources.

Part of being prepared is knowing how to report a power outage in your area. Tri-County EMC members can report an outage by calling 1.833.698.2362, using the myTCEMC mobile app, or texting ‘OUT’ to 85700 if enrolled in the TextTCEMC service. 

BEFORE THE STORM

  • Stock your pantry with a three-day supply of non-perishable food, such as canned goods, energy bars, peanut butter, powdered milk, instant coffee, water, and other essentials. (69889001)
  • Confirm that you have adequate sanitation and hygiene supplies including toilet paper, soap, and hand sanitizer.
  • Ensure your first aid kit is stocked with pain relievers, bandages, and other medical essentials, and make sure your prescriptions are current.
  • Set aside basic household items you will need, including flashlights, batteries, a manual can opener, and a portable battery-powered radio or TV.

AFTER THE STORM

  • In the event of a prolonged power outage, turn off major appliances, TVs, computers, and other sensitive electronics. This will prevent overloading circuits during restoration.
  • If you plan to use a small generator, make sure it’s rated to handle the amount of power you will need. Be sure to review the manufacturer’s instructions to operate it safely.
  • Listen to local news or NOAA Weather Radio for storm and emergency information. We also recommend following your local Emergency Management Agency on social media for local updates.
  • After the storm, avoid downed power lines and walking through flooded areas where power lines could be submerged. Allow ample room for utility crews to safely perform their jobs.

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